D4AD News

BLS July employment report

August 7, 2020

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report released today indicates that total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 1.8 million in July, less than the increases of 4.8 million in June and 2.7 million in May. In July, the unemployment rate declined by 0.9 percentage point to 10.2 percent. Despite decreases in the unemployment rate and increases in employed persons in the past three months, the unemployment rate is up by 6.7 percentage points and number of unemployed persons is up by 10.6 million since February.

Since the rollout of the D4AD initiative last year, the need for tools, resources and supports that can help workers get on a path to better job prospects has grown exponentially due to the impact of the global health crisis of COVID-19 (coronavirus). D4AD grantees are earnestly working to create solutions to help low-income, lower-skilled, unemployed, and underemployed individuals confidently navigate the complex processes of reengaging with education, training, and the job search.

We continue to be inspired by and learn from the great work the D4AD grantees are doing to serve as a resource in the recovery ahead. We encourage our community of practitioners, policymakers, and researchers to visit the Resources page on the D4AD website to access resources with important strategies and tactics to consider for efforts to provide workers with the information and supports they need to make well-informed decisions about their futures.


Communicating with Vulnerable Workers About Resources, Training, and Improving Job Prospects

April, 2020

This brief synthesizes existing research about how to communicate effectively with low-income, lower-skilled, unemployed, and underemployed workers. It reviews challenges and strategies about communicating with these workers and suggests the implications for workforce agencies in connecting with these workers.


Making Data WorK

Making Data Work for Low-Income, Lower-Skilled, Unemployed, and Underemployed Individuals seeks to identify potentially successful approaches to help fulfill the transformational promise of big data in the education realm for these key populations. It draws on available research about using data and information to reach the target groups, as well as background information about technology use and human decision making. The accompanying one-pager distills this brief and recommendations for impacting target audiences.


Xavier Hughes joins the NJ D4AD team as Product Director

February 10, 2020

Check out NJ D4AD’s Medium blog post to learn more about Xavier Hughes and NJ D4AD’s accomplishments to date.


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