Monday, April 30, 2012

April 26, 2012: News from JobsFirstNYC

JobsFirstNYC has been hard at work the last several months and we wanted to share some important news with you. We welcome your input!

JobsFirstNYC Launches New Website
We are very pleased to bring you JobsFirstNYC "2.0". This newly updated and revised website is more streamlined, easier to navigate, and includes updated information on our programs, on resources for the field, and information about the CBO Network. We hope you will like it, and welcome your input, as all websites are a work in progress, and we want to make this as helpful a resource to you as possible.

We'd be remiss if we did not acknowledge some wonderful people who helped make this new upgrade possible: Peter Levinson and Steven May at Levinson Block, Tracey Maurer, Dan Salemson, and our own Gwen Hill all played a critical role. Thanks to all of you.

Visit us at:

JobsFirstNYC Releases its Strategic Plan

It was Jim Collins, author of "Good to Great," who said that every organization that strives to improve needs a "big, hairy, audacious goal" or BHAG. At JobsFirstNYC, our BHAG is to reduce the number of out-of-work and out-of-school young adults between 18 and 24 years of age by 5% in five years. That's creating 10,000 new employment and post-secondary opportunities for young people while keeping those already in the labor market engaged and connected to the economic life of the City. We certainly cannot do it alone, and while we will hold ourselves accountable to our goals, we hope that you will join us in this critical effort. Read our strategic plan and corresponding logic model, which lay out the rationale for our goals.

We welcome your ideas and input as we approach this goal through the pursuit of three distinct strategies: Employer Engagement, Raising Consciousness on the Out-of-Work/Out-of-School Issue, and Advancing Practice in the Field.

Strategic planning can be challenging, and no one does this important work alone. We want to thank our Board of Directors (past and current members), our staff, our Community Advisory Council, and John LaRocca of the Rensselaerville Institute for all helping to make this plan a reality.

We've Moved!
JobsFirstNYC has new offices. Our new address is:

11 Park Place, Suite 1602
New York, NY 10007

And we have new phone numbers:

Gwen Hill: 646-738-5675

Evelyn Fernandez-Ketcham - 646-738-5677

Lou Miceli - 646-738-5678

Our E-Fax is 646-810-5282

We look forward to sharing our space with the field (we have a meeting room that can accommodate up to 15 people), and hosting meetings for our key programs in the coming years. Please feel free to come and visit us! 

Save the Dates
Save the date for these upcoming JobsFirstNYC meetings:

June 5th, 9-11am - CBO Network Meeting

June 13th, 9:30-11:30am - Community Advisory Council Meeting

June 19th, 8:30-10am - Job Developers' Networking Breakfast

June 22nd, 3:30-5pm - Employer Engagement Work Group Meeting

Details on locations, agendas and registration details will be announced in subsequent e-newsletters.  To learn more about these meetings, visit our new events page.

Stay tuned for an announcement of the dates for our next Meet the Employers event, along with the launch event for our new publications!

Stay Tuned: Three Important Reports for the Field Coming out in May & June
JobsFirstNYC has supported or has created three new publications that will be very important for the next steps in our work, and we hope will be very important for the continued dialogue and effort concerned with articulating and strengthening the young adult workforce development system in New York City. No report is of any value unless it is really used, so you can also expect to hear from us to learn more about what you understand of these reports, and how you will use that understanding to build upon your practice when it comes to supporting young adults in their transition to the labor market. Details to follow very shortly!
11 Park Place, Suite 1602
New York, NY 10007

Saturday, April 21, 2012

We're #1 . . . (Sigh)

This helps to explain why young adults face so much competition for entry level, low wage jobs.

The Huffington Post points to a new analysis of OECD data showing that of 19 advanced countries surveyed, the U.S. has the highest share of workers in low-wage jobs.  And we're #1 by a lot:

One in four U.S. employees were low-wage workers in 2009, according to the OECD. That is 20 percent higher than in the number-two country, the United Kingdom. At 4 percent, Belgium has the smallest share of its in employees working in low-wage jobs. Low-wage work is defined as earning less than two-thirds of the country's median hourly wage.

Moreover, low-wage work is not confined to those with low educational qualifications.  Nearly half (43.2%) of all low-wage workers now have at least some college education -- a percentage that has nearly doubled in the past 30 years.

So what's behind the poor showing?  The author points to several contributing factors:

  1. The U.S. minimum wage is too low. 
  2. Economic growth doesn't necessarily lift poor people's wages
  3. Less social spending by the government is correlated with worse wages for poor people
  4. Low-wage work usually is not a stepping-stone to well-paying jobs
  5. Working a low-wage job can often create additional problems other than the paltry pay.