New York State could put 12% of its unemployed back to work by increasing spending on highways and bridge improvements, according to a joint study conducted by two transportation advocacy groups.

In a report entitled "Rebuilding New York: Opportunities for Economic Recovery Through Road and Bridge Improvements," the Road Information Program and the Crisis Program said every $100 million state and local governments spend on highways and local roads generates 1,756 jobs and $65 million in wages.

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