Sandy Could Prove Good for Jobless
Hurricane Sandy will likely end up creating an array of job opportunities for day laborers, contractors and drivers as the city starts to rebuild and get workers to and from work in areas without subway service, El Diario La Prensa reported. The article below was translated from Spanish by Emily Leavitt for Voices of NY.
While it isn’t yet possible to determine the total destruction that Hurricane Sandy left in its wake in New York and New Jersey, it is clear that job opportunities await those who work in construction, repair and transportation services.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has declared both states disaster areas. As a result, affected residents can apply for government aid to rent temporary housing, make emergency repairs to their homes, restore damaged property, and receive loans to save small businesses and cover losses in crops.
There will be a huge demand for skilled workers in the coming months, especially along the New Jersey and Long Island coastlines where serious property damage has occurred. This means opportunities for a large number of Latinos that work as day laborers, as well as contractors for federal maintenance agencies that will need an extra hand to finish the cleanup jobs in the streets and other public areas.
“I’ve already started calling my old bosses to see if they have work for me,” said Jaime Gómez, an unemployed worker who lives in Queens. “Although it might sound bad, this storm could also bring something good.”
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