As 2024 began with yet another surprisingly strong jobs report for the U.S., and with a full year’s worth of 2023 state-level employment data now available, it’s worth briefly revisiting some of the trends discussed in our early December post on New Jersey’s employment situation.
New Jersey State Policy Lab
In 2020, New Jersey became the first state in the country to require climate change education to be incorporated across multiple subjects in K-12 schools. Two years later, Sustainable Jersey released a report on K-12 Climate Education Needs.
Do e-scooters lead to more severe injuries than other micromobility modes? Which micromobility injuries are most commonly associated with a motor vehicle? What are some demographic differences related to e-scooter injuries (with equity implications)? Researchers Hannah Younes, Robert Noland and Leigh Ann Von Hagen worked on this study.
CAFRA’s history has mirrored 50 years of evolving public concerns including coastal industrial development and environmental impacts, and it contains threads that lead straight to present-day issues, including coastal retreat and the ever-sensitive issue of regulatory jurisdiction with regard to local land use.
NJSPL – Partnerships, Targeted Goals, and Impacts: A Revised Implementation Strategy for the Great American Outdoors Act
Established in 2020, the Great American Outdoors Act promised the investment in national parks that the U.S. desperately needed by providing permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund & creating a national parks & lands restoration program.
In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, the critical role of nurses cannot be overstated. Nurses are the heartbeat of healthcare, navigating complex situations while providing compassionate care to all New Jerseyans. However, the demanding nature of the nursing profession can take a toll on their emotional well-being.
This month, the U.S. Census Bureau released its annual state population estimates, revealing that New Jersey is resuming population growth after experiencing a decline of nearly 30,000 residents since the 2020 Decennial Census. The increase of just over 30,000 residents (0.3%) in 2023 as of the Bureau’s July 1 estimate brings the state population to slightly above the April 1 2020 decennial base.
The concept of “aging in place” appeals to many people as they strive to maintain their residence and independence despite evolving needs for supportive services during the natural course of aging. However, challenges persist, particularly for older adults residing in publicly subsidized senior housing.
New Jersey’s post-pandemic economic recovery has seen steady payroll employment growth, but concerns arise as the state experiences a notable increase in its unemployment rate, rising from 3.0% in August 2022 to 4.6% in October.
In January 2023, Governor Phil Murphy directed the NJ DOT to update its Complete Streets policy to include design practices for neurodivergent people, including those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or intellectual and development disabilities.