Finding a job in one of the fastest growing markets in the country just got easier with the introduction of what is being called a first of its kind jobs portal for New Jersey.
Cooper’s Ferry Partnership and Hopeworks ‘N Camden launched the site to provide employment opportunities to Camden residents at the city’s business mainstays. The portal will also include U.S. Census Bureau job opportunities ahead of the impending 2020 census.
Organizations currently listed on the site include Cooper Hospital, Camden County Community College, Campbell’s Soup Co., Virtua Health, Rowan University and Conner Strong & Buckelew. According to state labor statistics sited by the project partners, Camden recorded its lowest unemployment rate – 6.6 percent – in more 30 years in 2019.
“We know companies in the city are hiring and expanding their operations, now we can deliver that critical information directly to residents in one place,” said Cooper’s Ferry Chief Executive Officer Kris Kolluri in a prepared statement.
The portal, designed by Camden-based nonprofit Hopeworks, and built in conjunction with Cooper’s Ferry and City the Camden, will increase access to benefits that are both unutilized and underutilized by allowing residents to access an array of services in one place.
“Camden youth, building real technology solutions for Camden’s challenges – that is a sustainable and scalable business model,” Dan Rhoton, executive director of Hopeworks ‘N Camden, which uses education, technology and entrepreneurship to partner with young men and women, said in a prepared statement about the organization’s involvement with the project.
New businesses to Camden have hired 1,200 residents, the project partners said in a press release, with more than $2.5 billion in public and private investments made in the South Jersey city over the past six years.
“Camden’s unparalleled economic growth is resulting in real opportunities for our residents and business owners alike. We are talking about new jobs that previously did not exist and the progress is clear as Camden’s unemployment rate is at a 30-year low …” Camden Mayor Frank Moran said in a prepared statement. “The city and its partners will continue to make information conveniently available as we aim to connect individuals with similar services.”