Now hiring: New York State temporarily lifts hiring freeze on state jobs

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — If you’re looking for a job, New York State Thursday announced it is lifting its freeze on hiring for state jobs.

Gov. Kathy Hochul said the pause is lifted through the end of the fiscal year, which is March 31, 2022.

Hochul says the change in direction comes after the updated State Financial Plan projected $2.1 billion in revenue above what was initially projected.

Previously, departments were able to hire workers but had to first obtain a waiver from the Division of the Budget. The reported number of workers in "executive agencies" dropped by roughly 11,000 workers between March 2020 and August 2021.

While the pause is lifted, Hochul says an agency must still make hiring for their core missions "a priority."

The state’s hiring site can be found here.