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[NOVA] Report to the Consortium Cities: Spring 2014
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In This Issue
Economic Indicators
U.S. unemployment rate for April declined to 6.3%, with 288,000 jobs added. Read on.

CA unemployment rate for March was unchanged at an adjusted 8.1%;

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara MSA unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.3%, with 3,100 jobs added. Read on. 

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


Silicon Valley/SEEDZ Energy Storage Symposium, May 21, 2014


"Are the Long-Term Unemployed on the Margins of the Labor Market?", Brookings Institute, March 2014


"What if a Company Maximized Jobs Over Profits?", Harvard Business Review, March 10, 2014


"The Economic Damage from Long-term Unemployment", by Kris Stadelman, San Jose Mercury News, April 11, 2014


"Does Where You Go to College Impact Your Job Future in California?", by Michael Bernick, Fox and Hounds Daily, April 11, 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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   Spring 2014

Unemployment touches us all. Whether you personally have been laid off or you know someone who has lost their job, we have all been impacted in some way. It's tough to be out of work for even a few days, but for the long-term unemployed, who have been jobless for six months or more, the road back to employment seems far too long and mostly uphill. On April 11, the San Jose Mercury News published an Op-Ed I wrote about the important role the workforce community and employers should play in assisting these workers. NOVA is now taking the lead in applying for a new H-1B Ready to Work grant, issued by the U.S. Department of Labor, targeting the long-term unemployed. This job-driven program will be a collaboration of four neighboring Workforce Investment Boards and leading businesses in Silicon Valley, and we will be tapping on your shoulder to join this effort.


There is already a lot happening in our community to get people back to work, so read on, let us know what you think and please share this with your colleagues!

Warmest regards,
Kris Stadelman
NOVA Director 

Silicon Valley Gives


On Tuesday, May 6, in celebration of 100 years of community foundations, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) has organized a special day of giving, SVGives, intended to bring together and inspire the local community around philanthropic causes. On this day and for 24 hours, SVCF is hosting an online donation platform for donors to contribute to a wide range of nonprofit organizations in their local community. We are pleased to report that NOVA is one of the organizations being featured, along with many other exceptional agencies. You can learn more about this event and visit NOVA's page, by clicking here NOVAworks Foundation. 
NOVA Releases New ICT Career Navigation Report


Last year, Creating IT Futures Foundation, the philanthropic   arm of the global technology trade association CompTIA, awarded NOVA a $20,000 grant to study the navigational tools that Information Technology (IT) workers (or prospective IT workers) require to advance their careers in the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector. Last fall, NOVA, in partnership with San Jose State University's Anthropology Department and the Boston-based Economic Advancement Research Institute, embarked on a research project that entailed surveying over 100 ICT professionals and qualitative interviews to determine the strategies these individuals employed to remain relevant in their careers. In April, a report of the study's findings titled, "Bridge to Career Success" was released and is now available for review.

High Performing Board Designation


Every five years, the local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) are required to develop and submit a five-year strategic plan to the California Workforce Investment Board for approval that provides a roadmap for future workforce development. Last year, as part of the review process, local WIBs were also evaluated on their performance according to a "High Performing Board" standard. In February, NOVA was notified that it was selected among just a handful of local WIBs from across the state with the "High Performing Board" designation. This honor will elevate NOVA's visibility and leadership among its state and community partners and will boost its competitiveness for future discretionary funding. To review the full list of WIBs who were selected high performing boards and why they were selected, you can visit the California Workforce Investment Board website.


Customers Rate NOVA Services

On a bi-annual basis, NOVA conducts a customer satisfaction survey of its job seeker customers. The results from the latest survey, for the period July 1 thru December 31, 2013, have been released and were very positive: 93.1 percent rated the level of customer service at the Job Center as met or exceeded expectations; 93.2 percent rated the overall quality of the offerings provided as met or exceeded expectations; 85.8 percent rated the availability/accessibility of career advising appointments as met or exceeded expectations; and 87 percent rated the quality of the career advising as met or exceeded expectations. 


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A Success Story

ProMatch, a collaborative of NOVA and the CA Employment Development Department, is a self-directed member-driven program where job seekers from the professional fields obtain the right connections, services and resources necessary for a proactive and successful job search. A success story is described below from customer Steve Wright:


I was laid off in May, and was really not looking forward to starting my search again. I've been laid off before (a normal part of our business, I'm afraid). I was basically depressed and not at all motivated to search for my next opportunity. I took the summer off. I joined Nova. I heard about ProMatch, and thought "I don't need a bunch of unemployed folks telling me I'm worthy, and pushing positive attitude, etc." I could not have been more wrong.


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CEO Business Climate Survey Released: More Hiring Projected in 2014


On March 5, the 2014 CEO Business Climate Survey report was released by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, at its 11th annual CEO Business Climate Summit. Among the dignitaries in attendance, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez participated and discussed the Administration's new workforce initiatives, which includes efforts to employ the long-term unemployed, preparing the workforce for jobs in the 21st Century, better connecting employers with qualified talent, and immigration reform. 


This annual survey assesses the region's business climate that encompasses: employee living and working conditions, business challenges and opportunities for the coming year, current issues of concern, public policy commitments, and recommendations for how government might improve the Valley. 


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Forbes Ranks Silicon Valley #1 in Jobs in 2014

Among the largest metropolitan areas, Forbes magazine has ranked San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara first place in jobs in 2014, citing a 4.3 percent surge in jobs added last year; San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City took second place with a reported 3.6 percent in job growth in 2013. Not surprising, the information technology sector and related IPOs were mentioned as key to Silicon Valley's success. The rankings are based on small, medium and long-term job creation since 2002 and take into consideration whether growth is slowing or accelerating. The full report is described in the April 28 Forbes article, "The Best Cities for Jobs 2014."
Employer Testimonial: ABE Construction


NOVA Employer Services provides a portfolio of services to the business community. ABE Construction in Sunnyvale, a NOVA customer, provided this testimonial: "We have used NOVA's staffing services since March 2013. We are very happy with the candidates they have. We hired a few employees from the candidates that replied to our ads already. When we have a new position opening, we do not bother to post it anywhere else - we send NOVA an email with the job descriptions and qualifications, and we immediately start getting responses. We are very pleased to use NOVA as our staffing service."  

April 4 Volunteer Resource Fair


For five years, NOVA has hosted an annual Volunteer Resource Fair for our job seeker customers. The purpose of the fair is to provide opportunities for job seekers to volunteer in the community while they are looking for employment that will offer them meaningful work, introduce them to an industry they may wish to pursue as a career, and achieve real-world projects that they can add to their portfolio. Companies and organizations also benefit from this event where they can recruit volunteers from a pool of high-caliber candidates. Examples of volunteer opportunities in the past have included: facilitation, helplines, sales, graphic design, website design, event management, mentoring, social media coordination, data entry, client services, and software development. This year, the Volunteer Resource Fair was held on April 4, at the City of Sunnyvale Community Center Ballroom.  

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Job Shadow Day for Youth


Job Shadow Day is a national initiative that was launched in 1998 as part of "America's Promise." The intent of this initiative is to bring students into the workplace and provide them with the opportunity to experience the workworld firsthand and make that connection between school and career. Students engage in early career exploration that leads to better informed choices by "shadowing" employees in the workplace and employers have the opportunity to present career options to potential future employees. For many years now, NOVA, in collaboration with the City of Sunnyvale, has hosted a Job Shadow Day for the community's disadvantaged youth. This year, Job Shadow Day was held on March 27 and was another big success!


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NOVA in the Community

Making it Stick! at California Workforce Association Spring Conference

In April, NOVA staff attended the California Workforce   Association's annual spring conference. This year's theme was, "Meeting the Challenge: Enhancing our Capacity to Impact Income Mobility." As part of this conference, NOVA staff was invited to present on "Making It Stick! Enhanced Services to Increase Job Seekers' Success" and discussed NOVA's new online job search tools that have enhanced the learning experience for its customers. Before the conference, staff had had a few weeks to test out the hands-on Job Search Labs that are key components to the online tools and were able to also share the lessons learned with this approach. The session was very well attended and well received.


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IntheCommunity LegislativeUpdates
Legislative Updates

Extension: Long-Term Unemployment Insurance Benefits

On April 7, the Senate voted 59 to 38 to extend the long-term
unemployment insurance benefits through the end of May and retroactive to December when the benefits last expired. The added cost for this bill, $9.7 billion, would be offset by new fees on goods coming through U.S. Customs and a change in the way that corporations contribute to pensions. The bill would also make individuals who had earned an annual salary of over $1 million ineligible for these benefits. The House has not yet taken action to extend unemployment insurance benefits.

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