US labor secretary talks with New Jersey’s long-term unemployed

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez met with out-of-work New Jerseyans, workforce professionals, and other government officials at Rutgers University on Tuesday for a roundtable discussion on the state’s high long-term unemployment rate. Taking part in the discussion at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development were staff members and participants from the New Start Career […]

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Learning How to Job-Hunt

Most work­force pro­grams provide a short burst of cash, to tide people over un­til they can get back to work, or help young people earn a de­gree so they can land a high­er-pay­ing job. They’re de­signed to help the short-term un­em­ployed, notes Carl Van Horn, the dir­ect­or of the Heldrich Cen­ter for Work­force De­vel­op­ment at […]

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N.J. seeks a way to recover its innovation sector

“We are not talking about a disaster movie here,” said Carl Van Horn, director for the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, who is a member of the New Start New Jersey advisory board. “But we are talking about something that needs serious attention.” Profound changes in the economy since the […]

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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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The federal government’s H-1B racket

The libertarian-leaning me believes an American employer should be able to hire pretty much anyone he or she wants to hire. But the taxpaying me believes that if the federal government limits immigration yet creates a special visa program for highly skilled foreign workers with the assurance that the program will not cut into the […]

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Republicans criticize use of high-tech visas

“When there is a shortage, wages go up,” said Hal Salzman, a professor of planning and public policy at Rutgers University. “So, if there is a demand out there, why haven’t we seen wages increase?” USA Today, March 17

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Not Everyone Is Happy About the Influx of Foreign Workers That Could Soon Hit Silicon Valley

“There is no evidence we know of that backs up their claims of a shortage,” Hal Salzman, a Rutgers University professor of public policy who researches workforce development, told VICE News. He added that multiple studies have illustrated how the industry’s claims are misleading. “They’re overwhelmed with applicants,” he said of tech companies. “They’ll claim they’re not as skilled — […]

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Retailers embrace new wage reality

While the tightening labor market, and the protests about Walmart’s pay policies likely factored into its wage change, the deciding argument for the company probably was that it would be good for sales, said Carl Van Horn, professor of public policy at Rutgers University and director of the John J. Heidrich Center for Workforce Development. […]

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