Manufacturing jobs in New Jersey decline

October 9th, 2018

The number of manufacturing jobs in New Jersey decreased, according to recent labor statistics.

In August 2018, employment in New Jersey was higher by 61,500, with the majority of the gains recorded by private-sector employers (+59,600). Since February 2010 (the low point of the last recession), New Jersey’s private-sector employers have added 387,400 jobs.

Based on more complete reporting from employers, previously released total nonfarm employment estimates for July were revised lower by 6,400 jobs to show an over-the-month (June – July) increase of 6,600 jobs. Preliminary estimates indicated an over-the-month gain of 13,000 jobs. The state’s revised July unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.2 percent.

In August, employment increases were recorded in four out of nine major private-industry sectors.

Industry sectors that added jobs over the month include trade, transportation, and utilities (+2,600), other services (+2,100), educational and health services (+1,100), and construction (+200).

Job losses over the month occurred in the professional and business (-3,100), leisure and hospitality (-900), manufacturing (-500), information (-500), and financial activities (-300) industry sectors. Over the month, public-sector employment was higher by 900 jobs, mainly due to increases at the local level (+800).

Small growth of New Jersey jobs

October 8th, 2018

There has been a small growth in New Jersey jobs, according to labor statistics.

New Jersey employers continued to add to their payrolls in August, according to preliminary estimates produced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Total nonfarm wage and salary employment increased for the fourth consecutive month in August, up by 1,600 jobs, to reach a seasonally adjusted level of 4,195,700. The state’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.2 percent for the month.

In August, employment increases were recorded in four out of nine major private-industry sectors. Industry sectors that added jobs over the month include trade, transportation, and utilities (+2,600), other services (+2,100), educational and health services (+1,100), and construction (+200).

Job losses over the month occurred in the professional and business (-3,100), leisure and hospitality (-900), manufacturing (-500), information (-500), and financial activities (-300) industry sectors.

Over the month, public-sector employment was higher by 900 jobs, mainly due to increases at the local level (+800).

Trade jobs in New Jersey grow

October 7th, 2018

The number of trade jobs in New Jersey are growing, according to recent labor data.

New Jersey employers continued to add to their payrolls in August, according to preliminary estimates produced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Total nonfarm wage and salary employment increased for the fourth consecutive month in August, up by 1,600 jobs, to reach a seasonally adjusted level of 4,195,700. The state’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.2 percent for the month.

In August, employment increases were recorded in four out of nine major private-industry sectors.

Industry sectors that added jobs over the month include trade, transportation, and utilities (+2,600), other services (+2,100), educational and health services (+1,100), and construction (+200).

Job losses over the month occurred in the professional and business (-3,100), leisure and hospitality (-900), manufacturing (-500), information (-500), and financial activities (-300) industry sectors.

Over the month, public-sector employment was higher by 900 jobs, mainly due to increases at the local level (+800).

Looking at the longer-term, over-the-year August 2017 – August 2018, employment in New Jersey was higher by 61,500, with the majority of the gains recorded by private-sector employers (+59,600).

Since February 2010 (the low point of the last recession), New Jersey’s private-sector employers have added 387,400 jobs.

Career center connects job seekers with New Jersey jobs

September 3rd, 2018

A new career center is helping to make connections to job seekers and New Jersey jobs.

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) opened a One-Stop Career Center at Warren County Community College, marking the occasion with a dedication ceremony and tour of the new facility. The relocation of the Phillipsburg One-Stop to the college campus signifies an important step in strengthening the partnership between labor and higher education to benefit New Jersey’s future workforce.

One-Stop Career Centers provide career guidance and occupational training services to clients who are unemployed, underemployed, or seeking a career change, and to businesses. Clients who visit a One-Stop can receive one-on-one career counseling and help finding job training opportunities. There are 30 One-Stop Career Centers located throughout New Jersey. Nearly 1,900 jobseekers visited the Phillipsburg site last year.

“The training and degree programs offered by community colleges throughout New Jersey are critical to enhancing the skills of New Jersey’s workforce,” said Department of Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo. “While the partnership between the Phillipsburg One-Stop and Warren County Community College has always been strong, the relocation of the One-Stop to the college campus will enhance this relationship and improve service delivery for the hardworking women and men of New Jersey.”

The relocation of the One-Stop to a college campus is aligned with a priority of Gov. Phil Murphy to increase educational opportunities for New Jersey workers. The governor previously announced creation of the New Jersey Apprenticeship Network, which will greatly expand the successful construction trades model to non-traditional fields, and a pilot program to provide free tuition to community college students.

“Community Colleges and One-Stop Career Centers have always depended on effective collaboration and communication to ensure that New Jersey residents can achieve their career goals,” said Warren County Community College President Dr. William Austin. “We are proud to have the opportunity to house the Phillipsburg One-Stop Career Center on our campus, and we look forward to increased collaboration between the One-Stop and our college as a result of this effort.”

Education jobs in New Jersey added

September 3rd, 2018

A number of education jobs in New Jersey have been added, according to recent labor statistics.

Private-sector employment continued to expand in July while the state’s unemployment rate continued its downward trend, edging lower for a fourth consecutive month by 0.1 percentage point to 4.2 percent.

The July rate represents the lowest statewide unemployment rate since July 2007, according to preliminary estimates produced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Total nonfarm wage and salary employment increased by 13,000 in July to a seasonally adjusted level of 4,200,500. The advance was fueled, in part, by the late June opening of two casino hotels in Atlantic City.

Based on more complete reporting from employers, previously released total nonfarm employment estimates for June were revised higher by 8,000 to show an over-the-month (May – June) increase of 7,500 jobs.

Preliminary estimates indicated an over-the-month loss of 500 jobs. The state’s revised June unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.3 percent. Looking at the longer-term, over the year July 2017 – July 2018, employment in New Jersey was higher by 75,500, with the majority of the gains recorded by private-sector employers (+73,400).

Since February 2010 (the low point of the last recession), New Jersey’s private-sector employers have added 393,400 jobs. In July, employment increases were recorded in five out of nine major private industry sectors.

Industry sectors that added employment over the month were leisure and hospitality (+7,000), education and health services (+4,700), professional and business services (+1,600), manufacturing (+1,600), and trade, transportation and utilities (+600).

Industries that recorded an employment decrease over the month were construction (-1,000), financial activities (-600), information (-400), and other services (-300). Over the month, public-sector employment was lower by 200 jobs.

Hospitality jobs in New Jersey grow

September 3rd, 2018

A number of hospitality jobs in New Jersey are growing, according to recent state labor statistics.

Private-sector employment continued to expand in July while the state’s unemployment rate continued its downward trend, edging lower for a fourth consecutive month by 0.1 percentage point to 4.2 percent.

The July rate represents the lowest statewide unemployment rate since July 2007, according to preliminary estimates produced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Total nonfarm wage and salary employment increased by 13,000 in July to a seasonally adjusted level of 4,200,500.

The advance was fueled, in part, by the late June opening of two casino hotels in Atlantic City. Based on more complete reporting from employers, previously released total nonfarm employment estimates for June were revised higher by 8,000 to show an over-the-month (May – June) increase of 7,500 jobs.

Preliminary estimates indicated an over-the-month loss of 500 jobs. The state’s revised June unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.3 percent. Looking at the longer-term, over the year July 2017 – July 2018, employment in New Jersey was higher by 75,500, with the majority of the gains recorded by private-sector employers (+73,400).

Since February 2010 (the low point of the last recession), New Jersey’s private-sector employers have added 393,400 jobs. In July, employment increases were recorded in five out of nine major private industry sectors.

Industry sectors that added employment over the month were leisure and hospitality (+7,000), education and health services (+4,700), professional and business services (+1,600), manufacturing (+1,600), and trade, transportation and utilities (+600).

Industries that recorded an employment decrease over the month were construction (-1,000), financial activities (-600), information (-400), and other services (-300). Over the month, public-sector employment was lower by 200 jobs.

Hospitality jobs in New Jersey grow

August 6th, 2018

A recent labor analysis demonstrates how hospitality jobs in New Jersey are growing.

Employment in the Central Region totaled 1,171,000 in March 2018, a gain of 23,500 jobs or 2.1 percent from the same month a year ago.

Jobholding statewide increased at a slightly slower pace over the year (+1.6%).

The Central Region contributed the most to New Jersey’s employment increase; jobholding was up by 17,500 in the Southern Region and 9,300 in the Northern Region.

Over the year, the job growth leader in the Central Region was trade, transportation and utilities (TTU; +10,300 or +4.4%) where most of the gain occurred in the transportation, warehousing and utilities industry (+9,300 or +16.9%).

Employment gains were also posted in education and health services (+5,700 or +2.8%), professional and business services (+5,600 or +2.9%), leisure and hospitality (+2,000 or +2.2%), government (+1,500 or +0.8%), and other services (+600 or +1.2%).

Construction (-1,200 ot -2.9%), information (-500 or -2.2%), manufacturing (-400 or -1.7%), and financial activities (-100 or -0.2%) declined.

At the state level, not seasonally adjusted employment in TTU (+27,000 or +3.1%), education and health services (+19,400 or +2.8%), professional and business services (+11,700 or +1.8%), manufacturing (+6,600 or +2.7%), other services (+2,400 or +1.4%), government (+2,000 or +0.3%), and leisure and hospitality (+1,800 or +0.5%) was up from the same month a year ago.

The construction (-2,300 or -1.6%) information (-1,400 or -2.0%) and financial activities (-1,100 or -0.4%) sectors shed jobs over the year.

Healthcare jobs in New Jersey grow

August 6th, 2018

A number of healthcare jobs in New Jersey have grown, according to recent labor statistics.

Employment in the Garden State was essentially unchanged in June, while the state’s unemployment rate continued its downward trend, dipping to 4.3 percent, according to preliminary estimates produced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Total nonfarm wage and salary employment moved lower by 500 in June to a seasonally adjusted level of 4,179,500.

The state’s unemployment rate dipped by 0.1 percentage point in June. Based on more complete reporting from employers, previously released total nonfarm employment estimates for May were revised higher by 800 jobs to show an over-the-month (April – May) increase of 4,900 jobs.

Preliminary estimates had indicated an over-the-month gain of 4,100 jobs. The state’s revised May unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.4 percent.

Looking at the longer-term, over the year June 2017 – June 2018, employment in New Jersey was higher by 43,900, with the majority of the gains recorded by private-sector employers (+42,100).

Since February 2010 (the low point of the last recession), New Jersey’s private sector employers have added 372,100 jobs. In June, employment increases were recorded in five out of nine major private-industry sectors.

Industries that added jobs over the month were professional and business services (+1,600), education and health services (+1,300), manufacturing (+600), construction (+300), and trade, transportation and utilities (+300).

Industry sectors that lost jobs over the month were leisure and hospitality (-3,000), information (-1,100), other services (-800), and financial activities (-500). Public-sector employment was higher by 800 jobs over the month

Transportation jobs in Jersey

August 5th, 2018

A number of transportation jobs in Jersey have grown, according to recent labor statistics.

Employment increased by 157,000 in July, compared with an average monthly gain of 203,000 over the prior 12 months.

In July, job gains occurred in professional and business services, in manufacturing, and in health care and social assistance.

Employment in professional and business services increased by 51,000 in July and has risen by 518,000 over the year. Over the month, employment edged up in temporary help services (+28,000) and in computer systems design and related services (+8,000). Manufacturing added 37,000 jobs in July, with most of the gain in the durable goods component.

Employment rose in transportation equipment (+13,000), machinery (+6,000), and electronic instruments (+2,000). Over the past 12 months, manufacturing has added 327,000 jobs.

In July, employment in health care and social assistance rose by 34,000. Health care employment continued to trend up over the month (+17,000) and has increased by 286,000 over the year. Hospitals added 7,000 jobs over the month. Within social assistance, individual and family services added 16,000 jobs in July and 77,000 jobs over the year. Employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up over the month (+26,000).

Over the year, the industry has added 203,000 jobs. Construction employment continued to trend up in July (+19,000) and has increased by 308,000 over the year.

In July, employment in retail trade changed little (+7,000). Job gains occurred in general merchandise stores (+14,000), clothing and clothing accessories stores (+10,000), and food and beverage stores (+8,000).

These employment gains were offset by a decline of 32,000 in sporting goods, hobby, book, and music stores, reflecting job losses in hobby, toy, and game stores.

Employment showed little or no change over the month in other major industries, including mining, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, and government.

Center to create healthcare jobs in New Jersey

July 8th, 2018

Federal funding will go towards creating more healthcare jobs in New Jersey.

City officials announced $1,309,257 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to build a second Saint James Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), which will significantly expand quality health services to thousands of individuals living in the West Ward of Newark.

The senators, along with West Ward Councilman Joe McCallum, Jr. and members of St. James Health celebrated the announcement in the lot where the facility will be built.

“As the former Mayor of Newark, I know far too well the incredible barriers our community faces to adequate healthcare,” said Sen. Booker. “This new federally qualified health center will help address these health inequities by bringing quality, affordable healthcare services into the West Ward while strengthening our great city. With access to healthcare under continued attack, it’s more important than ever that we stand committed to protecting our most underserved communities through federal investments like this.”

“Our goal is to build healthy neighborhoods. Over the past two years we have been working to do so in the East Ward of Newark, this new HRSA funding will help us to expand our goal to the underserved community of the West Ward,” said Nicole Fields, CEO, St. James Health. “We look forward to providing quality care to more members of the community regardless of their ability to pay.”