Hard Times Ahead: The May Jobs Report 

by Frank Stricker The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ job numbers for May show that the official unemployment rate stayed low, at 3.6%, for the third straight month. Other key numbers: the rate for whites was 3.2% and for Asian Americans 2.4%.  The Hispanic unemployment rate climbed by .2 to 4.3%, the African-American rate rose by… Read More Hard Times Ahead: The May Jobs Report 

Chuck Bell: NJFAN’S Tireless, Thoughtful Vice Chair 

By SHEILA D. COLLINS Charles (Chuck) Bell wears many hats with the NJFAN. He serves as NJFAN’s Vice-Chair, as legislative affairs specialist, and works to keep the website going and assist in the production of our newsletters. He does all of this on top of a full-time job as Programs Director for Consumer Reports, where… Read More Chuck Bell: NJFAN’S Tireless, Thoughtful Vice Chair 

Are We Witnessing a Rebirth of Unions?

By GREGORY N. HEIRES Unions appear to be making a comeback as the Covid-19 economic crisis has emboldened workers and stirred up longstanding outrage over inequality and inadequate wages and benefits. In an historic victory in late March, workers at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island voted to be represented by a union. They are… Read More Are We Witnessing a Rebirth of Unions?

The Problem in New York City is Too Few Jobs

The last NJFAN newsletter featured a letter sent to New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams challenging his assertion that the problem in New York is not lack of jobs but lack of access to jobs–and urging him to create jobs in the tradition of his predecessor Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. The letter was signed by NJFAN Advisory… Read More The Problem in New York City is Too Few Jobs

Seven Points about the March Job Reports

By FRANK STRICKER 1. Unemployment. Unemployment fell again, reaching 3.6%. That’s about where it was in February of 2020. But the rates for some categories are still terribly high: African-Americans: 6.2%; Disabled Persons: 8.8%; Teens: 10%; and Black Teens: 22.9%. 2. Job Totals. Employers added 431,000 non-farm jobs. Not blockbuster numbers but a C+. Areas… Read More Seven Points about the March Job Reports