With Jobless Rate Low, Why Aren’t Wages Up?

The U.S. labor market works generally on the law of supply and demand. When the unemployment rate is low, and businesses are hiring, employers generally hike wages to attract the workers needed to fill their open jobs. Even with the jobless rate at 3.9 percent in July, and more than 6.6 million job openings, wages […]

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Heldrich Center research team helps New Jersey create a new performance dashboard

A core element of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development’s mission is to “raise the effectiveness of the American workplace by strengthening workforce education, placement and training programs, and policies.” To improve the effectiveness of such programs, it is necessary to first increase transparency and determine to what extent certain programs are already […]

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Van Horn Appointed to New Jersey Jobs and Economic Opportunity Council

Carl Van Horn, Distinguished Professor and director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, has been appointed to the newly created New Jersey Jobs and Economic Opportunity Council. Established by Governor Phil Murphy, the council will provide Governor Murphy with economic advice and recommendations for stimulating job growth and workforce development in New […]

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One in Five U.S. Workers Laid Off in Last Five Years, Report Says

One in five U.S. workers, nearly 30 million people, say they were laid off from their jobs in the last five years, according to a new survey that highlights lasting scars from the spike in U.S. long-term unemployment following the last recession. While the extent of long-term joblessness has been discussed widely, including by top Federal Reserve officials, the survey […]

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Poll finds mounting frustration with economy

A new Rutgers University economics study paints a bleak picture of the economic recovery, finding that 20 percent of workers lost their job in the last five years. One in five, or 30 million people, have been laid off from a job since June 2009, according to a study released Wednesday from Rutgers’s John J. Heldrich Center […]

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‘Presenteeism’ Is Not Your Fault: Why Workers Come to Work Sick

Twenty-three percent of American workers were laid off during the Great Recession, according to according to data from the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, but 79 percent of workers knew someone who was laid off – a family member, friend, spouse, etc. That’s a whole lot of people who know, firsthand, that […]

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How Having a Side Hustle Can Ease Those Post Layoff Blues

Do you know someone who’s been laid off? More than one someone? Has that someone been you? If you said yes to any of those questions, you’re not alone. According to a 2014 survey by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, 20% of workers in the U.S. had been laid […]

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See why NJ union membership is dropping

New Jersey’s union membership rate dipped below 16 percent in 2015, its lowest level in at least 15 years, according to a study released Monday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The figures are a sign that nonunion jobs are replacing union jobs that have been lost with the closing of Atlantic City casinos, observers […]

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Free help for long-term unemployed to find jobs

Job seekers who have been out of work for more than six months have no shortage of advice. How to write a resume. How to dress for a job interview. How to create a LinkedIn page. But the nation hasn’t gotten a grip yet on how to help long-term unemployed workers rebound from what amounts to […]

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