February 25, 2012
Gov. Corbett has proposed a corporate tax cut and some workforce development, but should he do more on jobs?
April 30, 2016
By Stephen S. Tang The presidential primary caravan has pulled out of town, but the election is far from over. After the bruising primary season winds down, the candidates must navigate the national conventions, more debates, and, finally, Election Day. Along the way, we will continue to hear more about economic growth and job creation. As economic access and inclusion are increasingly part of the national conversation, it will be important for candidates to recognize that technology offers an opportunity to significantly narrow the widening gap of inequality.
February 6, 2004 |
Gov. McGreevey's call for strengthening New Jersey's workforce-development system, consolidating public job-training and skills programs, is vital to the state's economy. More training opportunities will be open to our state's workers by offering distance learning and granting college credit for high-qualify apprenticeship programs. As New Jersey builds its economy around technology, research, information technology, health care and finance, workforce development in the broadest sense - preparing people for work, helping them work better - is the key to New Jersey's economic growth and sustained competitiveness in global markets.
March 29, 2013
New Jersey's unemployment rate fell in February to 9.3 percent from 9.5 percent, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development reported today. Payrolls expanded by 12,900, with 7,100 private sector jobs and 5,800 jobs in government. In the private sector, jobs were gained in education and health, information, hospitality and leisure, and professional and business services. There were declines in trade and transportation, financial activities, construction and manufacturing.
December 29, 2015 |
Energy, utility, and construction companies need workers, but they often struggle to find the right recruits. "Number one, it's getting the word out that we're hiring. Number two, it's also getting the word out that a career in the energy industry is open to a broader population than job seekers may have thought," said Sally J. Nadler, who heads workforce development efforts at PSEG. The company is particularly looking to bring more women into jobs replacing gas mains, upgrading energy substations, and reading meters, she said.
April 4, 2016
Kevin R. Johnson is president and CEO of the Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center When it comes to addressing Philadelphia's persistently high poverty rate, what many people fail to understand is that creating jobs is simply not enough. There must be educational investment in the very neighborhoods struggling the most. In a city where an estimated two-thirds of its residents read at an eighth-grade level, or below, we must build creative pathways to employment.
November 29, 1997 |
Like many regions enjoying the current robust national economy, the Greater Philadelphia region is benefiting from significant job growth. What it increasingly lacks are workers qualified to fill these jobs. This is not a familiar problem. For many years our region focused almost exclusively on attracting new jobs with little regard for whether there would be enough qualified people to fill them. Now we need to be concerned. If we are going to attract new companies and keep the ones we have, we must respond to the critical problems of our regional workforce.
March 28, 2014 |
Philanthropists John and Leigh Middleton are recipients of the 2013 Philadelphia Award, the venerable honor established in 1921 by Ladies' Home Journal editor Edward W. Bok. The Middletons - whose family business, tobacco and cigar maker John Middleton Co., was sold in 2007 for $2.9 billion - have largely directed their philanthropy to education, homelessness, and workforce development projects. Among the more notable beneficiaries of their largesse are the Philadelphia School District, Philadelphia Academies, the Philadelphia Youth Network, Teach for America, and Penn Medicine's Neuroscience of Behavior Initiative.
January 19, 2012
HALF A BILLION dollars over four years. That's the astonishing amount a new report from Pew's Philadelphia Research Initiative says has been spent on workforce development in the city. And if you don't quite know what "workforce development" means, you're in good company. Neither do most of the businesses in the city that might take advantage of publicly funded programs that train residents for jobs ... to say nothing of laid-off or unemployed workers who might access the services.
July 12, 2007
W E'VE SO FAR postponed our celebration jig following the news that Gov. Rendell and legislative leaders reached a tentative agreement on the 2007-2008 state budget. Not that we're party poopers. We're happy nearly 25,000 state workers were furloughed for only one day. But we're realists. It will take a few days before legislators nail down and vote on the final figures in the $27.5 billion plan. Some numbers could change. But it appears $34.8 million in cuts the Senate wanted to make in one of the most important cogs in the state's economic growth machine, the workforce- development program, have been restored.