What to do if you’re out of work; Here’s who’s hiring in CNY

A lot has changed since the Coronavirus pandemic arrived in the United States. While we come to terms with this unprecedented situation and practice social distancing it unfortunately has resulted in a large number of Americans losing their job.

Central New York is not immune to this.

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We know these are tough times and we want to help. We have compiled this page with information to help get you better positioned financially as we navigate this crisis.

If you have recently lost your job we have provided information about applying for unemployment through New York State and have provided a list of businesses in Central New York that are hiring.

We’re all in this together. Here are the resources:

Get Unemployment Assistance

*New York State has announced that it will waive the normal 7-Day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines.*

If you need unemployment assistance you get more information and apply through the New York State website.

Get Other Financial Assistance

Some local area banks/credit unions are providing loan assistance to folks who own small busniesses in CNY.

Tompkins Financial has implemented a loan assistance program for its eligible commercial clients.  Tompkins’ new Loan Assistance Program provides up to 60 days of deferment for all commercial loans. It would provide this program, as well as loan relief options to retail customers, preceding New York State’s announcement Thursday. Loan customers who are experiencing challenges with loan repayment should contact their banker via phone or email immediately, or reach out to Tompkins’ Customer Care Center at 1-888-273-3210 to review options that may be available to them.

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Central New York Businesses Are Hiring and Giving Assistance!

There are still so many businesses in CNY that are still hiring even through the current crisis. Take a look at the list below for your next local employment opportunity. This is obviously not a complete list, however check back as we will be adding to it. Click the links for more information.

Onondaga County has a list HERE


Byrne Dairy

Catholic Charities of Onondaga County

Dollar General


Kinney Drugs

KPH Healthcare Services

Liberty Resources



McLane Northeast

National Grid

Price Chopper

Rapid Response


SUNY Upstate Medical University


Tops Friendly Markets

Trinity Health

Veterans Affairs

Walgreens Pharmacy



Are you hiring and would like to get the word out? Contact Jaime.lawlor@cumulus.com