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Economic Indicators
U.S. unemployment rate for September declined to 5.9%, with 248,000 jobs added. Read on.

CA unemployment rate for September declined to an adjusted 7.3%;

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara MSA unemployment rate declined to 5.2%, with 5,800 jobs added. Read on. 

U.S. Census Bureau American FactFinder

O*Net Online

Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) report, U.S. Department of Labor

For information about employment by city, go to NOVA's website and the monthly Workforce Review.
Interesting Reports & Resources


"Virginia Hamilton and the Next Era of Job Training" by Michael Bernick, Fox and Hounds Daily, September 24, 2014


WIOA Orientation Sessions, California Workforce Association


WIOA Webinars, National Association of Workforce Boards


"Closing the Google talent gap: Pilot program aims to pair Silicon Valley labor with tech jobs", Silicon Valley Business Journal, October 9, 2014

NOVA in the News

NOVA is often featured in the news providing input on the economy's impact to workers and employers.

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   Fall 2014

New Partnership with San Mateo County


NOVA is embarking on an exciting partnership with San
Mateo County. This new partnership is in response to San Mateo County's decision to outsource the administration and provision of its Workforce Investment Act (WIA) services. NOVA and the San Mateo County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) share many common
characteristics in demographics, workforce needs and employers and have worked in collaboration on a number of projects in recent years. This relationship, coupled with NOVA's strong reputation for effective WIA services, led San Mateo County to ask NOVA to manage the County's WIA operations through June 30, 2015. 


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NOVA Awarded $5.3 Million to Serve Long-term Unemployed


Nationally, the number of long-term unemployed (out of work for 27+ weeks) stands at 3 million or 31.9 percent of total unemployed workers; 36.4 percent of the unemployed in California are considered long-term unemployed. On October 15, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that NOVA was awarded a $5.3 million Ready to Work Partnership grant to assist the long-term unemployed in this region return to work.This new program is a collaborative of five workforce investment boards - NOVA, San Mateo County, San Jose-based work2future, San Francisco and a portion of Alameda County - to provide long-term unemployed workers with a combined short-term skills training, individualized career advising, contemporary job search/career navigation training and paid internships leading to rapid reemployment in technology-focused occupations. 

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Spotlight on Board Member Jennifer Morrill of LinkedIn

NOVA Workforce Board member Jennifer Morrill is Director, Commercial Legal (North America) for LinkedIn in Sunnyvale. Among her responsibilities at LinkedIn, Ms. Morrill manages the LinkedIn Legal team responsible for sales, procurement and real estate deals in North America, and co-leads the company's pro bono legal services. Ms. Morrill brings to the NOVA Workforce Board in-depth knowledge of the online networking industry that will help NOVA reach a broader audience and assist its customers leverage resources to support their job search. Her expertise will also be invaluable to the Board in ensuring that workers have the cutting-edge tools necessary to succeed in today's technology-driven economy. "I've lived in the Silicon Valley since junior high school, and have kids who I hope will live and work here. As such, I look forward to being a part of an organization that is helping my fellow community members, and our youth, find meaningful work."


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Preparing for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act


President Barack Obama signed the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in July that replaces the Workforce Investment Act as the new governing legislation for the local workforce investment system. Over the past few months, NOVA and its community partners have been preparing for the implementation of the bill that takes effect July 1, 2015. In September, the California Workforce Association's (CWA) annual Meeting of the Minds conference focused almost exclusively on WIOA. In addition, national and statewide organizations are sponsoring orientation sessions to educate local workforce investment agencies and key stakeholders about the new bill's requirements. 


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NOVA and San Jose State University 
Co-Sponsor Career Forum
On October 8, NOVA, in partnership with the San Jose State University (SJSU) Career Center, co-sponsored the Nonprofit
and Public Service Job, Internship and Volunteer Forum. Held at the SJSU Student Union, the event began with a panel
discussion about opportunities in the nonprofit and public sectors, which was then followed by an interactive networking and recruiting fair with exhibitors from nearly 40 organizations sharing information about their services and volunteer and employment opportunities. SJSU students and NOVA job seekers, totaling 250 in attendance, were able to explore career options in the public and nonprofit sectors and make important contacts with employers in these fields. 


A NOVA Success Story

NOVA customer Susan Edwards describes her experiences at NOVA and Promatch, a collaborative of NOVA and the California Employment Development Department.

"In January of this year, I decided to go back to work after 14 years at home taking care of my children. Prior to my long hiatus, I had earned a degree in environmental engineering and had worked in environmental consulting for a number of years. When I started my job search, I had a very small network in the environmental field, a 20-year old resume, and very rusty networking and interviewing skills. Within the first week of my search, two different contacts recommended NOVA and ProMatch.


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New Additional Assistance Grant

The California Employment Development Department has awarded NOVA a $2.5 million State Additional Assistance Grant that will allow NOVA to serve an additional 600 customers and provide $625,000 in training funds. The term of this grant is through September 30, 2015.

Additional Assistance Grants supplement NOVA's Workforce Investment Act formula funding and enable NOVA to serve the high demand it continues to see from dislocated workers for job seeker services and training to retool for the Valley's constantly changing technology-driven economy.


NOVA Hosts Holiday Job Fair

The holiday season is fast approaching and, for companies who rely on holiday business to survive and thrive, hiring extra workers is an important part of preparing for the expected increase in activity over the next few months. This is also a chance for NOVA job seekers to obtain temporary employment that will provide extra income and keep their job skills current. On October 9, NOVA hosted a holiday job fair at Washington Park in Sunnyvale, with over 100 job seekers (including 30+ youth) and 15 local employers participating. 

2014 Silicon Valley Internship Summit


For several years, NOVA has co-sponsored an annual internship summit that provides a venue for interested business and education leaders to explore ways to increase internships for college students. This year, the event is scheduled for November 6, 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at Microsoft in Mountain View. For more information and to register, please visit the San Jose State University Career Center website. Additional co-sponsors for this event include Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks, Blach Construction, Foothill College, San Jose State University, Palo Alto University, YearUp, and InternBound. 

Employer Testimonial: Youth Internships


The NOVA Youth Employment Program provides important leadership development and education/career guidance to better prepare disadvantaged youth for future employment opportunities and to become full participating members of their community. As a key component to this service, NOVA partners with local Silicon Valley companies to offer internships for youth that provide that all important real-world experience in the workplace. Allstate Insurance in Cupertino is a NOVA customer and the owner describes the company's experience with NOVA's youth internships. For more information about the youth program and if you wish to sponsor internship opportunities for youth, please visit the NOVA website.

LinkedIn Grant Award for Youth


The LinkedIn for Good Foundation has awarded NOVA a $25,000 grant to serve low-income disadvantaged youth through NOVA's Leadership Program that engages youth in developing the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to be successful, both in career and in life. The program uniquely combines job search/retention training and 200 hours of subsidized work experience with weekly interactive small group sessions focusing on leadership, values, effective communication skills, problem solving, networking & social media, and much more. Participation in community service projects and mentoring younger youth are also part of the curriculum. This new funding will go a long way to preparing today's youth for future careers, involvement in their community, and a better quality of life. 

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Legislative Updates

Wrap-up of State Legislative Session

Through its lobbyist Rose & Kindel, the California Workforce
Association (CWA)
, a membership organization representing
the local workforce investment boards, has been tracking over twenty-five priority state bills over the past year, which may impact the local workforce investment community and its customers and partners. With the close of the state legislative session, here are some highlights: 


 AB 2060 (V.M. Perez): Supervised Post-Release Job Training Program. Would establish the Post-Release Community Supervision Supervised Population Workforce Training Grant Program to be administered by the California Workforce Investment Board (CWIB) and funded, upon appropriation by the Legislature. 

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