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U.S. Labor Market & Industry

In 2011, the Heldrich Center conducted research to understand the demand for green jobs in New Jersey and to assess the development of education and training programs to meet this demand.

In 2011, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJLWD) launched the Talent Network initiative to improve connections among employers, job seekers, and education and workforce providers to ensure the delivery of a skilled workforce for key industries. The Talent Network concept grew out of earlier work the Heldrich Center and others performed on prior federal and state grants, including Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development, as well as through the center’s extensive work on the Ready for the Job project.

In 2012, the Heldrich Center conducted a pilot study of the labor market outcomes of Rutgers–New Brunswick campus graduates. The center used state Unemployment Insurance wage record data to calculate the percentage of May 2010 Rutgers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral graduates who were employed in New Jersey after graduation; how much they earned in New Jersey in their first two years after graduation; and the percentage who were able to maintain employment over time. The project deliverable was a report that detailed outcomes and outcomes for various subgroups of graduates.

For the period 2012-2014, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJLWD) received a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor under the Workforce Data Quality Initiative (federal WDQI) to expand the Workforce Longitudinal Data System (WLDS). To support NJLWD and State of New Jersey efforts, the Heldrich Center worked with NJLWD to obtain state administrative data files for WLDS and to manage the data in WLDS to support data analyses.

In December 2017, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation engaged the Rutgers University Center for State Health Policy in collaboration with the Heldrich Center to develop a strategic document that highlights a set of evidence-based policies to improve overall health and well-being for all New Jersey residents. The policy report will be grounded in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health tenets and will be built on health and social data, analysis, and research.

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