NJ jobs: Jersey Shore employers put out help-wanted signs

Trade, transportation and utilities, a sector that includes retailers, lost 1,400 jobs last month. Rutgers University economist James W. Hughes said it could be a sign retailers in the digital age are hiring fewer workers for their bricks-and-mortar stores. Still, New Jersey has slowly but surely rebounded from the Great Recession, overcoming superstorm Sandy, Fort […]

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Sandy’s economic impact softens

For the most part, the state of New Jersey has “bounced back” from superstorm Sandy on an economic level, according to Dr. James Hughes and Marc Pfeiffer, of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. However, there are exceptions which pertain to individual homeowners or unforeseen circumstances, the professors […]

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Fleeing suburbia — How NJ towns are trying to attract millennials

Millennials are attracted to the live-work-play environment, explains James Hughes, Rutgers University professor and an expert in New Jersey economics and demographics. Some towns may never be able to provide the lifestyle this cohort needs, but others have unique opportunities to do so, he said. NJ1015.com, July 30

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Reinventing our suburbs, our state, and our future

Here in New Jersey, it’s time to anticipate new social and development patterns, reimagine our suburbs, and prepare for a new generation of prosperity. Start by considering some history, courtesy of the superb new book New Jersey’s Postsuburban Economy by Rutgers professors James Hughes and Joseph Seneca. The authors recount how New Jersey successfully evolved […]

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Shrinking School Districts in NJ a Sign of Millennial Shift?

The declining school populations in part reflect a wider trend of depopulation of the outer-ring suburbs that is playing out across New Jersey and the Northeastern United States, according to Professor James Hughes, a senior faculty fellow at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers. The suburbs, where millennials were born and grew up, […]

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More businesses moving into Central Jersey

Rutgers economist James Hughes said many of the office buildings in Central Jersey were constructed 30 to 35 years ago, “however a number of properties have been repositioned, they have been upgraded, their information technology systems are state of the art.” NJ1015.com, July 18

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Recent college grads are leaving NJ in record numbers. Here’s why.

“It is sort of unprecedented, we would have to go back generations, to come to this situation where grown children live at home to the extent that they are today,” said Dr. James Hughes, dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. In recent years, many frustrated college graduates are […]

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Only 2 NJ towns don’t have any immigrants

According to James Hughes, a Rutgers University professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, immigrants made up more than 25 percent of the Garden State’s population at the beginning of the 20th Century. NJ1015.com, June 26, 2017

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Latino and Asian immigrants pump nearly $100 billion into NJ economy

James Hughes, a Rutgers University professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of planning and public policy, pointed out that “a lot of Asian immigrants were drawn here by the pharmaceutical industry, particularly pharmaceutical research, so they’ve been a presence in Middlesex, Somerset for a very, very long time.” NJ1015.com, June 26, 2017

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