(KCEN) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is helping recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy and is now trying to bring back jobs to those who lost them because of the storm.
It is estimated more than 200,000 New Yorkers are unemployed.
So far, 50,000 workers have filed for storm related unemployment claims.
That number is expected to climb.
The New York Labor Commissioner is looking to fill more than 5,000 jobs for the recovery efforts.
The primary goal is to employ about 5,000 young workers to help clean up their own neighborhoods.
Peter Rivera, of the New York Commissioner of Labor said, "This is a neighbor helping neighbor effort, local people who don't have jobs, helping out in hard hit communities and getting paid for it."
More than 800 people have already been hired for the program.