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.”

Education jobs in New Jersey grow

July 8th, 2018

New labor statistics posit that education jobs in New Jersey are climbing.

The state’s unemployment rate ticked lower to 4.4 percent, according to preliminary estimates.

Looking at the longer-term, over the year May 2017 – May 2018, employment in New Jersey was higher by 57,200, with the majority of the gains recorded by private-sector employers (+54,200).

Since February 2010 (the low point of the last recession), New Jersey’s private-sector employers have added 372,900 jobs.

In May, employment increases were recorded in seven out of nine major private industry sectors.

Industry sectors that added jobs over the month include professional and business services (+2,400), financial activities (+1,900), education and health services (+700), leisure and hospitality (+500), trade, transportation, and utilities (+400), manufacturing (+300), and other services (+200).

Job losses over the month occurred in the construction (-2,900) and information (-100) industry sectors.

Over the month, public-sector employment was higher by 700 jobs, all at the state level.

New Jersey finance jobs grow

July 8th, 2018

New Jersey finance jobs are increasing, according to recent labor statistics.

New Jersey employers added to their payrolls in May while the state’s unemployment rate ticked lower to 4.4 percent, according to preliminary estimates.

In May, employment increases were recorded in seven out of nine major private industry sectors.

Industry sectors that added jobs over the month include professional and business services (+2,400), financial activities (+1,900), education and health services (+700), leisure and hospitality (+500), trade, transportation, and utilities (+400), manufacturing (+300), and other services (+200).

Job losses over the month occurred in the construction (-2,900) and information (-100) industry sectors. Over the month, public-sector employment was higher by 700 jobs, all at the state level.

Wage and salary employment increased by 4,100 in May to reach a seasonally adjusted level of 4,179,200, with the majority of the increase occurring in the private sector (+3,400) of the state’s economy. The state’s unemployment rate lowered by 0.1 percentage point to 4.4 percent, representing the lowest statewide rate in more than a decade.

New Jersey transportation jobs climb

June 6th, 2018

The latest labor statistics demonstrate that New Jersey transportation jobs are increasing.

Payroll employment increased by 223,000 in May, and the unemployment rate edged down to 3.8 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Employment continued to trend up in several industries, including retail trade, health care, and construction.

In May, retail trade added 31,000 jobs, with gains occurring in general merchandise stores (+13,000) and in building material and garden supply stores (+6,000). Over the year, retail trade has added 125,000 jobs.

Employment in health care rose by 29,000 in May, about in line with the average monthly gain over the prior 12 months. Ambulatory health care services added 18,000 jobs over the month, and employment in hospitals continued to trend up (+6,000).

Employment in construction continued on an upward trend in May (+25,000) and has risen by 286,000 over the past 12 months. Within the industry, nonresidential specialty trade contractors added 15,000 jobs over the month.

Employment in professional and technical services continued to trend up in May (+23,000) and has risen by 206,000 over the year.

Transportation and warehousing added 19,000 jobs over the month and 156,000 over the year. In May, job gains occurred in warehousing and storage (+7,000) and in couriers and messengers (+5,000). Manufacturing employment continued to expand over the month (+18,000).

Durable goods accounted for most of the change, including an increase of 6,000 jobs in machinery. Manufacturing employment has risen by 259,000 over the year, with about three-fourths of the growth in durable goods industries.

Education jobs in New Jersey grow

June 6th, 2018

A number of education jobs in New Jersey are climbing.

Following three consecutive months of gains, New Jersey employers reported fewer jobs in April as the unemployment rate edged lower by 0.1 percentage point to 4.5 percent.

Total nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased by 7,200 in April to a seasonally adjusted level of 4,174,300, according to preliminary estimates produced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The majority of the decline occurred in the private sector (-6,200) of the state’s economy.

Based on more complete reporting from employers, previously released total nonfarm employment estimates for March were revised higher by 1,200 jobs to show an over-the-month (February–March) increase of 6,300 jobs. Preliminary estimates indicated an over-the-month gain of 5,100 jobs.

Looking at the longer term, April 2017–April 2018, employment in New Jersey was higher by 58,600 jobs, with the majority of the gains recorded by private-sector employers (+55,600). New Jersey’s private-sector employers added 368,800 jobs since the February 2010 low point of the recession.

In April, employment decreases were recorded in five out of nine major private-industry sectors. Industry sectors that lost jobs over the month include professional and business services (-4,100), trade, transportation, and utilities (-2,000), financial activities (-2,000), leisure and hospitality (-400), and information (-300). Job gains over the month occurred in the manufacturing (+1,100), construction (+700), education and health services (+500), and other services (+300) sectors. Public-sector employment was lower by 1,000 jobs over the month.

New Jersey finance jobs grow

June 4th, 2018

A number of New Jersey finance jobs have grown.

The New Jersey labor market grew at a solid pace in 2017, expanding by 43,400 jobs. Additionally, preliminary estimates for January 2018 show the trend continuing in New Jersey’s job market, with a monthly total nonfarm job gain of 13,000, while the state’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.7 percent.

Preliminary wage and salary estimates for January show an increase in total nonfarm farm employment by 13,000 jobs over the previous month, reaching a seasonally adjusted level of 4,159,800. The majority of the gain was recorded in the private sector of the state’s economy (+11,100). The state’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.7 percent.

Industry sectors that recorded over-the-month job growth for January included: professional and business services (+5,800), trade, transportation, and utilities (+4,100), construction (+1,800), financial activities (+1,000), information (+500), and education and health services (+500). Leisure and hospitality recorded a job loss (-2,600), while employment in the manufacturing and other services sectors was unchanged. Government employment was higher by 1,900 from the prior month.

Over the December 2016 – December 2017 period, five of nine major private industry sectors of the New Jersey economy added jobs. Job gains were recorded in education and health services (+20,300), trade, transportation, and utilities (+15,300), leisure and hospitality (+8,500), manufacturing (+3,200), and other services (+2,000). Sectors that recorded job losses over the year were construction (-2,800), information (-2,600), and professional and business services (-1,000). The financial activities sector was unchanged. Government employment was higher by 500 jobs.

New leader appointed to lead growth of New Jersey jobs

May 7th, 2018

A new leader has been appointed to lead New Jersey jobs and labor.

The New Jersey State Senate confirmed Robert Asaro-Angelo as the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development by a vote of 38-0.

A native New Jerseyan, Asaro-Angelo has been the Acting Commissioner since being nominated by Gov. Phil Murphy in January.

He was lauded during his Senate Judiciary confirmation hearing as a person with the qualifications and experience to advance the Labor Department’s mission of serving, uplifting and protecting workers, and building a first-class workforce across the state to meet employers’ needs. The Judiciary panel advanced his nomination unanimously.

Asaro-Angelo spent the past six years representing the Eastern Region in the U. S. Department of Labor under President Obama. During that time, he served on several intergovernmental work groups including the White House task force on Hurricane Sandy and the Regional Interagency Council on Homelessness.

“Most of my life has been spent working for improved conditions for workers and their families,” said Asaro-Angelo. “I am extremely humbled and honored to serve as Commissioner of the great Department of Labor, and grateful to Gov. Murphy for this opportunity to ensure that every resident who seeks the dignity that comes with employment has the opportunity to secure a good, safe, family sustaining job.”

“Being on the job for the past two months in an acting capacity has enabled me to see firsthand the dedication of the Department’s nearly 3,000 employees, and the life-changing impact they have on New Jersey residents across the state. I’m excited to work with them to elevate, expand and enhance our services.”

Hospitality jobs in New Jersey climb

May 7th, 2018

Many jobs are growing, including hospitality jobs in New Jersey.

New Jersey’s payroll employment continued to advance in March, driven primarily by an increase of 4,200 jobs in the private sector. The state’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.6 percent, remaining above the national rate of 4.1 percent.

Total nonfarm wage and salary employment increased by 5,100 in March to reach a seasonally adjusted level of 4,180,300, according to preliminary estimates produced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Based on more complete reporting from employers, previously released total nonfarm employment estimates for February were revised lower by 2,800 jobs to show an over-the-month (January-February) increase of 13,000 jobs. The state’s revised February unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.6 percent.

Looking at the longer-term, over the year March 2017-March 2018, employment in New Jersey was higher by 67,100, with the majority of the gains recorded by private sector employers (+65,100). Since February 2010 – the low point of the last recession – New Jersey’s private sector employers have added 373,600 jobs.

In March, employment increases were recorded in four out of nine major private industry sectors. Industry sectors which recorded job gains over the month include leisure and hospitality (+3,800), professional and business services (+2,100), manufacturing (+1,200), and trade, transportation, and utilities (+1,100). Job losses were recorded in construction (-1,400), other services (-1,200), education and health services (-1,000), information (-200), and financial activities (-200). Over the month, public sector employment was higher by 900 jobs, with most of the gains at the state level (+700).

Funds boost veterans jobs in New Jersey

May 7th, 2018

Department of Labor funds are going to boost veterans jobs in New Jersey.

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) renewed its support of veterans with a $300,000 Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) grant to help women and minority military personnel successfully transition into good, permanent jobs in the construction trades.

Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo announced the grant to the New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council (NJBCTC), which has placed more than 800 veterans into registered building trades apprenticeship programs over the past 10 years.

“We’re proud to be a conduit between military service members and quality career opportunities in the construction industry,” said Asaro-Angelo. “This grant, and our ongoing partnership with the New Jersey State Building and Construction Trades Council, helps ensure that our military personnel receive the dignity of a family sustaining career in a key industry after serving our country.”

William Mullen, president of the NJBCTC, noted that “veterans deserve more than a handshake when they come home.”

“Our partnership with the Department of Labor, now in its 11th year, provides on-the-job training and apprenticeships in the construction trades, giving women and minority group members the skills they need for long-term employment, and filling a void in the industry,” said Mullen.

The grant is funded by LWD’s New Jersey Builders Utilization Initiative for Labor Diversity (NJBUILD) fund, and allows eligible partners to provide skilled training and apprenticeships to women and minorities, leading to quality careers in civilian life. This grant will assist approximately 60 National Guard, Reserve, retired and transitioning active-duty service members.

H2H is a national, nonprofit program connecting veterans to new careers. Trade organizations provide the training at no cost to the veteran. No prior experience is needed.

Company hires for pharmaceutical jobs in Jersey

April 4th, 2018

One company is expanding and hiring for pharmaceutical jobs in New Jersey.

Woodfield Distribution, LLC, a pharmaceutical logistics services provider based in Boca Raton, FL continues to expand facilities and capabilities. The company, also known as WDSrx, signed a lease for a 63,500 square-foot space at 15 Stults Road in South Brunswick, NJ.

The pharmaceutical-grade facility represents the establishment of a physical presence for WDSrx in the Northeastern United States. Limited operations will commence in January with increased operations planned in the first quarter of 2018.

The company expects to hire approximately 15 additional staff.

WDSrx operates facilities throughout Florida, Texas and now, New Jersey spanning 320,000 square feet registered by the DEA, DOT, EPA and accredited by VAWD and other regulatory authorities. Another recent expansion occurred last month when a new warehouse opened in Pompano Beach, FL, beside an existing facility.

“Our New Jersey facility responds to client demand for our services near their center of operations,” states WDSrx President Adam Runsdorf. “This new warehouse represents the next stage of our growth into key pharmaceutical hubs around the country.”

“We welcome WDSrx to New Jersey’s flourishing life sciences sector,” says Michele Brown, President and CEO, Choose New Jersey, Inc., an economic development organization with a mission to encourage and nurture economic growth throughout the State. “With more than 3,200 life sciences establishments, including 13 of the top 20 biopharmaceutical companies in the world operating in our State, WDSrx is well positioned to capitalize on our industry’s strength with its new warehouse in South Brunswick.”

Jason Goldman, Executive Managing Director and Michael Kimmel, Director, Industrial Services Group of Cushman & Wakefield, represented WDSrx in the transaction.

WDSrx provides manufacturers of prescription and over-the-counter drug products, raw materials and related components with warehousing, fulfillment, cold chain, packaging, call center, financial services management and reverse logistics to increase efficiency and reduce cost.