In Spite of Unemployment Woes, ‘Camden Works’ Finds Jobs for 223 Residents –

15September 2020

CAMDEN, NJ– From March 1 to July 31 – a peak time for the coronavirus pandemic – regional program Camden Works assisted to discover work for 223 citizens in the public and economic sectors.

This, added to another 314 homeowners who were just recently put, comes at a time when numerous in the Garden State remain out of work.

According to Cooper's Ferry Partnership (CFP), which released the most recent employment report Tuesday, Camden city's unemployment rate prior to the pandemic was the lowest it had actually been in 28 years: 7.7%.

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Right now, that figure stands at 20.8%. Over 1.56 million individuals in New Jersey have actually applied for unemployment means the rate is most likely even worse than reported.

The problem is exasperated by the numerous barriers faced by Camden city homeowners, he noted.

“There are multiple barriers like health care and real estate. Transport ranks the highest however also re-entry – that's where the Volunteers of America (VOA) has actually been a substantial partner in assisting prepare individuals with the capabilities they require prior to an opportunity comes up,” CFP President and CEO Khris Kolluri informed TAPinto Camden over the phone.

Kolluri stated the Camden-based non-profit had the ability to solve the transport issue for 14 homeowners wishing to work for Action Pak, a product packaging supply company with current openings in Bristol, Pennsylvania.

“With monetary assistance from the Cooper's Ferry Partnership Board, the Camden Works group worked diligently with Camden County and the South Jersey Transportation Authority to arrange shuttle buses to take Camden locals to Action Pak,” Kolluri composed in a letter Tuesday describing the findings to Camden Mayor Frank Moran, Congressman Donald Norcross, Freeholder Jonathan Young and City Council President Curtis Jenkins.

Camden Works– a four-year private pilot to link individuals with training opportunities and work– very first launched last October, with funding from Norcross, American Water and Wells Fargo.

It is overseen by CFP, in addition to the New Jersey National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Latin American Economic Development Association (LAEDA), Center for Family Services (CFS), Volunteers of America Delaware Valley (VOA), Camden County Workforce Development Board (CCWDB) and Hopeworks.

“There are lots of others doing the very same things we are, as far as connecting residents to resources to better their lives. We invite their work and are grateful for their partnership,” Kolluri stated.

When it was released, the pilot set out to discover 100 Camden residents tasks every year – a criteria it has actually so far surpassed.

“As we look ahead, the partners who comprise Camden Works are completely cognizant that the obstacles of putting residents in employment opportunities throughout an ongoing pandemic and ensuing economic fallout is a high order,” Kolluri wrote in today's letter. “A protected job opportunity is a path towards and a contributing factor to accomplishing racial, financial and social justice.”

Below is a breakdown of market classification for the new work positioning:

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