Newark Deputy Mayor for Employment Rahman Muhammed introduced the city’s new ‘Jobmobile,’ a former police van that made its official debut Wednesday at the Bradley Court housing project, where eager Newark residents lined up to check it out...
“Beginning to the end, we can do it from here, all on this van,” said Arneida Greene, senior community relations aide with the Newark Workforce Development Board. “We log them onto the system, have them apply. If they don’t have their resume, I have them send it to me,” Greene continued.
The economy is rebounding, and Newark’s jobless rate dropped to 6.3 percent in April. But that’s still a couple points higher than New Jersey’s, which stands at 4.3 percent. And, a recent study by the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice showed only 17.8 percent of the jobs in Newark are held by people who actually live there.