State officials announced yesterday that more than 5,000 New Yorkers would be hired for temporary jobs to assist in the cleanup after Hurricane Sandy. Nearly $30 million in federal Labor Department money will go towards hiring workers, who will be paid $15 per hour for about 6 months. FEMA is also looking to create 700 new temporary relief jobs for city. At a Red Hook press conference, state Labor Commissioner Peter Rivera called it a “neighbors-helping-neighbors effort.”

If you’re looking for work and would like to help out, head to the Labor Department’s Sandy jobs website, apply at the nearest FEMA recovery center, or call 888-469-7365.

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