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[NOVA] Report to the Consortium Cities: Spring 2013
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In This Issue
In the Community
Economic Indicators
U.S. unemployment rate for April declined to 7.5%, with 165,000 jobs added. Read on.

CA unemployment rate for April declined to an adjusted 9.0%;

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara MSA unemployment rate declined to 6.6%, with 200 jobs added. Read on.

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


Silicon Valley Leadership Group's 2013 CEO Business Climate Survey


work2future's Healthcare Report, April 2013


NOVA's new Youth Mentoring Toolkit


Rethinking the "Skills Gap" in California by Michael Bernick


CCSCE's Numbers in the News


New CalJOBS online job board for job seekers and employers 

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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NOVA Releases Plan for Public Comment: We need your feedback


NOVA has released a draft of its proposed five-year Local Strategic Workforce Development Plan for public comment. As
important partners to NOVA, we value your input and encourage you to visit the NOVA website to review the plan and provide comments via this link. Comments are due by June 7. You should also have received these links in a separate email a few weeks ago. We look forward to receiving your feedback!

Voice of the Customer


On a biannual basis, NOVA conducts a customer satisfaction survey. The results of the latest survey are now available and the responses were very positive. The time period for the survey included the move of NOVA's Job Seeker Center to its new location and the reinvention of NOVA's service-delivery system to streamline access to services, so the results are even more encouraging. 3900 customers were sent the survey and highlights of the results include: 96.6 percent rated customer service at NOVA as met or exceeded expectations and 95.7 percent rated the overall quality of services as met or exceeded expectations.

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Silicon Valley Commute Patterns, Worker Dislocation and Funding Disparity: a White Paper


According to the U.S. Census, on a daily basis there is a net influx of more than 160,000 workers commuting into the seven cities that comprise the NOVA service area. And when these workers lose their jobs, which can happen often given the continuous churn of the dynamic technology industry that is unique to Silicon Valley, they come to NOVA for assistance looking for work. NOVA serves a disproportionate share of individuals who live in other parts of the Bay Area, but are looking for work in the heart of Silicon Valley. Unfortunately, federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) formula funding is tied to where people live, not work.

Procurement of NOVA's Youth Program
Over the past several years, NOVA has seen a decline in youth dollars through the federal Workforce Investment Act and is finding it more and more difficult to provide the breadth and depth of services to its at-risk youth. In response, NOVA is embarking on a "market test" to see if it can get a bigger "bang for the buck" by procuring its youth services to an organization that may already be providing services to youth. A "Request for Proposals" (RFP) for NOVA's youth program has now been released and is posted on the NOVA website. Interested organizations are encouraged to apply. Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. on June 19, 2013.



NOVA in the Community


Hire Smart Small Business Event


On April 27, Intuit and LinkedIn hosted a free conference, Hire Smart, for small businesses to help them make the right decisions as they look to grow and expand their workforce. The event was held at Intuit and NOVA was invited to participate as a business resource. To obtain more information and the content from this event, businesses can visit the event's website.


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Legislative Updates


Impacts of Sequestration


As reported by the California Employment Development Department, starting on April 28, "more than 400,000 unemployed Californians will feel the impact of the federal government's sequestration spending cuts when their federal unemployment insurance benefits (UI) are reduced nearly 18 percent..." These cuts will specifically impact the amount of benefits individuals receive who are just moving to the federal extension portion of UI (the additional 47 weeks under federal extension benefits.) In addition, these sequestration cuts will impact the State's administration of the UI program over the next fifteen months. This cut will cause a significant hardship to those who can ill afford benefit cuts...the long-term unemployed.

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