LETTER – Webber Bill on Training for Long-Term Unemployed Gets Committee OK

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Jay Webber that gives priority for job training programs at community colleges to long-term unemployed workers who have exhausted their insurance benefits received approval from the Assembly Labor Committee today.


“New Jersey has one of the biggest long-term unemployment problems in the nation,” said Webber, R-Morris, Essex and Passaic. “We need to attack that problem, and this bill will help prioritize state spending to help those who have the toughest time finding work.


The bill, A-2926, requires that at least 50 percent of the training funds for displaced workers be reserved for training and re-employment. This includes monies from the federal Workforce Investment Act and grants from the state’s Workforce Development Partnership Fund.


In 2014, 41 percent of New Jersey’s unemployed residents were out of work at least 27 weeks which is the threshold for long-term unemployment.


The Senate unanimously approved the identical bill, S-1621, in June 2014.