Since the great recession of 2008, women across Bergen County have fallen victim to the long term unemployment trap. With the 8th highest unemployment rate in the country (295,000 with 137,000 of those long term), New Jersey ranks 48th in the nation for job placement of the long-term unemployed. North Jersey has also failed to recover many “mid-skill” jobs, whose pay falls between $25,000 and $40,000 annually.
Many job seeking women in Bergen County have experienced adverse impacts from the recession including home foreclosure/eviction, impacts on child behavior, mental health problems, stress-related health issues, loss of transportation, and loss of credit standing. As women in crisis benefit most from mutual and ongoing support, our Moving Ahead Program fosters the development of concrete workforce skills including resume writing, interview and networking skills as well as case management to address needs such as child care and transportation. Case managers will guide each applicant throughout the program, connecting them with appropriate local resources and support groups (including Neighbors-Helping-Neighbors) and maintain their relationship following program completion.
Government data shows that only 12 percent of the long-term unemployed find jobs each month (compared to 27 percent of those unemployed short-term). Since employers are less likely to hire those who has been out of work for six months or more, the Moving Ahead program gives long-term unemployed women a fighting chance! By sharpening their job search skills and ability to dress for success, this program makes it possible to link candidates with proper employment.
According to Princeton economist, Alan Krueger, people who have sought work for 15 months or more are twice as likely to stop looking for a job. Even more alarming is the fact that prolonged unemployment worsens the health of many job seekers and their families. One study even shows that the long-term unemployed lose almost 1.5 years of life expectancy compared to those continuously employed. These grim figures further support the urgent need for this program. Now more than ever, it is imperative that we provide women with hope, vision and the direction to start Moving Ahead!
Are you a woman that has been unemployed 6 months or more? Our Moving Ahead Program gives women the tools to balance themselves physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. Sessions will empower women to be confident, prepared, and career ready; helping participants learn how to seek and keep jobs. In an age of technology, our goal is to foster close relationships and promote a community development approach as we train women to become more independent and aware of who they are.
For more information or to apply for this FREE program, please contact Lisa Schuetz at 201-444-5600 ext. 353.
Moving Ahead Program
Source: “For Some Long-Term Unemployed, Hope Arises: A Job Audition” by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics