NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Marie Blistan joined Senator Frank Lautenberg today at a press conference to unveil a report that details the impact New Jersey’s public sector cuts as a result of Governor Christie’s policies have had on the state employment rate.
The report, issued by New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP), states that if the 61,200 public-sector jobs were not lost, New Jersey’s 2011 unemployment rate would be more than a full percentage point lower—8 percent instead of the current 9.3 percent.
Hundreds of public workers gathered at the Statehouse to call attention to the report’s release and to watch as Lautenberg, Blistan, and other union officials blasted the governor for his failure to recognize the role public-sector jobs—and the people who fill them—play in helping states recover more quickly from a recession.
The NJPP report makes several recommendations to promote a jobs recovery in New Jersey and set the stage for future economic growth, including requiring the state to take employment effects into account when considering and proposing budget cuts. NJPP also points out that supporting public goods—primarily education and public safety—will attract new businesses and allow New Jersey to recover from the recession and compete with other states for good jobs.
Read the complete report here.