New Jersey Launches Program to Help Long-term Unemployed

Posted by Andrala Walker - On May 10, 2012 (EST)

New Jersey Launches Program to Help Long-term Unemployed

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development has announced the creation of a partnership with the state's 19 community colleges to help the long-term unemployed  - those collecting unemployment benefits for at least 26 weeks - find work.

During a May 9 event at Mercer County Community College, Assistant Labor Commissioner Mary Ellen Clark said the Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment, or REA program, is designed to help job-seekers  "re-energize their search, build their self-confidence and connect them to resources available from the state and through their local community colleges.”

During the program, participants will be given access to career assessment tools that help identify the occupations and industries where they will most likely find success in their quest for employment. Attendees will receive labor market data informing them where prospective jobs may be, the salaries attached to those positions, and the skills needed to land those jobs.

The REA orientation also will inform job-seekers about the value of using a new and free job service known as OnRamp at the state website,  Through OnRamp, people may upload or create a skills-based resume that can help focus their job search and better match job-seekers to job postings.

User Comments (2)
On May 11, 2012  stephen bruner said:
What happened to the One Stop Career Centers?

On May 11, 2012  Andrala Walker said:
Hi Stephen. One-Stop Career Centers are still in existence across the nation. The REA program can be accessed through any of the One-Stop Career Centers in New Jersey for those who are eligible for the services. Go to for more information and the locations of your nearest One-Stop Career Center.

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