Middle Skills Initiative

This is an exciting time for Jersey City as job growth and economic development continue at an unprecedented pace. New companies opening their doors are seeking local talent, particularly for "middle-skill" jobs — well-paying positions that require more than a high school diploma but less than a 4-year degree. To ensure Jersey City residents are well-positioned to take advantage of these opportunities, the JCEDC launched its Middle Skills Initiative.

In collaboration with the Office of the Mayor and with financial support from JPMorgan Chase & Co. under its New Skills at Work Global Initiative, the JCEDC began the process of studying workforce opportunities and gaps in Jersey City. To learn more about this initiative and review research finding and recommendations, read the Building Career Pathways to Success: Jersey City New Skills at Work report. This labor market research and analysis taught us that two sectors — financial services and transportation, logistics, and distribution — are experiencing a significant shortage of qualified candidates for middle-skills jobs. In order to better prepare residents to take advantage of these opportunities and develop talent pipelines for the business community, the JCEDC is actively building out articulated career pathways for these industries with a focus on young adults. As this initiative grows, and based on continued labor market analysis, career pathways for other high-growth industries will also be developed.