Technology-driven worker dislocation: A persistent challenge in need of solutions

by Carl Van Horn, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Director, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development The potential impacts of robotics, artificial intelligence, and digital economy technologies on American workers raise alarming questions. Which occupations will survive? Which workers will be the winners and losers? Will jobs disappear? As we consider these […]

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New Jersey’s Economic Outlook for 2018 Is So-So, Accountants Say

While New Jersey hasn’t had any setbacks to annual job growth since the recession officially ended in 2009, the state has been adding about 45,000 jobs each year, a pace that has lagged both the national recovery and the rate of growth experienced during the 1990s as New Jersey rebounded from a prior recession, according […]

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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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NJ cities being revitalized by population shift

In fact, Sussex, Warren and Hunterdon counties have all seen population decreases since the Great Recession, according to James Hughes, dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Policy at Rutgers University. Hughes said the the trend of more millennials moving away from the suburbs and into the cities could help revitalize many […]

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Sweeney assails Christie on N.J. economy

A recent forecast by Rutgers University economist Nancy Mantell projected that New Jersey wouldn’t reach its prerecession peak of 4.09 million jobs until mid-2017. By contrast, the national economy had recovered all the jobs it lost in the recession by May 2014. Philly.com, April 28

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How office parks are dragging down N.J.’s recovery

Eighty percent of all the commercial office space that exists today was built in the 1980s. Much of that stuff is between 25-30 years of age now,” said James Hughes, dean of the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. “What we’re seeing is both cyclical and structural. The cyclical aspect … […]

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Forever unemployed: Why NJ’s long-term jobless rate remains among highest in US

Carl Van Horn, director of the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, said there are several reasons New Jersey’s long-term unemploymenthas remained higher than most states. He pointed to steep job losses in the financial and construction industries during the Great Recession, which hit New Jersey hard, and a slow recovery in those areas. […]

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