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State Workforce Development Board

New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission
Michele Horst, Executive Director
Labor and Workforce Development Building,
John Fitch Plaza
Trenton, NJ 08625-0940
Phone: (609) 633-0605
Fax: (609) 633-1359

Key Workforce Priorities

  1. Enhance NJ’s Economic Growth by aligning workforce strategies with key industries, engaging business leadership and developing employer-driven skills, training and education programs for our workforce.
  2. Ensure a globally competitive, 21st century workforce through a diversified and industry- focused talent development strategy for all New Jersey workers.

Fast Facts

  • New Jersey’s highly skilled and educated workforce is a key selling point for the attraction of business and industry to our state; 36.6% of New Jersey residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • New Jersey has identified the key industries that are economic drivers for our state. The SETC sector strategies will focus on these industries. We are partnering with the NJ Department of Labor and workforce Development, which has invested in these sectors through a new Talent Network initiative. The industries are:
    · Transportation, Logistics and Distribution
    · Life Sciences
    · Advanced Manufacturing
    · Financial Services
    · Health Care
    · Technology and Entrepreneurship
  • New Jersey has a workforce of 4.497 million people, and an unemployment rate of 9.5 percent (June 2011), with 4.068 million employed and 428,400 unemployed.
  • New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the nation, with a total population of 8.79 million people and 1,195 people per square mile.

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