From the NJ Department of Labor’s Office of Research and Information
The New Jersey Department of Labor’s Office of Research & Information (ORI) is the state’s key source for New Jersey economic and labor market intelligence. Regional Focus offers insight and analysis on the changing employment situation in New Jersey’s regional labor areas, its industries and comparisons with statewide data. The articles, tables and charts illustrating employment by industry, unemployment rates, characteristics of the unemployed, and highlights of economic activity let Regional Focus develop a picture of New Jersey labor areas and insight into changes within them.
The Third Quarter 2013 Regional Focus, has been updated with the most recent labor market information.
County Fact Sheets
Here is a link to the updated County Fact Sheets, which has been updated with the most recent county wide:
- Population Estimates 2012, U.S. Census Bureau
- Demographic & Social Economic Characteristics from the 2012 U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey
- 2012 Annual Average Employment and Establishments from the NJLWD
- 2012 Annual Average Labor Force Statistics from the NJLWD
NJ State Data Center
New Jersey Dept. of Labor & Workforce Development
Virginia Middle Schools Focus on Better Education
Gloucester County in Virginia is opening up a new middle school within the next two years. Page Middle School will incorporate a new style of learning, Project Based Learning, to it’s students. The school board decided that as Page Middle School explores PBL, the existing Peasley Middle School in the area will do so as well. The school board’s intent is to guide students from both middle schools in the same direction so that when they merge in the same high school, it will be unclear which middle school a student attended. They hope that the introduction of Project Based Learning will advance students and give them a sense of uniformity in their education.
Adapted from the Daily Press article by Matt Sabo entitled “Gloucester Middle Schools Exploring Project-Based Learning,” courtesy of Professor Elizabeth Elmore of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
Elizabeth Elmore, Professor at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, has shared this great rubric with us from Blackboard Community Programs.
The Blackboard Exemplary Course Program(ECP) recognizes course creators whose courses demonstrate best practices in four major areas: Course Design, Interaction & Collaboration, Assessment and Learner Support. Courses are evaluated by a peer group of Blackboard clients using the ECP Rubric.
Employers Long for Job-Seekers with “Soft Skills”
Having a good education background is crucial in today’s job market, but what are employers really looking for in prospective employees?
A recent survey by Bryant and Stratton College & Wakefield Research found that while 80% of US workers aged 18 to 34 believe they are “job ready and possess all the skills, experience and education needed to advance in their desired career path or obtain their next job,” 40% of employers believe even entry-level candidates lack the basic skills to fill these openings.
Most importantly, 93% of employers responded that they weigh “soft skills” such a problem-solving and common sense more heavily than education background when sorting through job candidates. Unfortunately, only 16% of US workers aged 18 to 34 believe that these skills were crucial for career advancement.
Fine-tuning soft skills and working on your personal brand can be the difference between you and the other person applying for the same position. It is important to showcase your skills to stand out and prove yourself as a valuable employee.
Adapted from the Main Street article by Brian O’Connell entitled “Lots of Employers Think Job-Seeker Crop is Pretty Much Useless,” courtesy of Professor Elizabeth Elmore of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
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