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GAF Roofing Academy students take part in the program in February of 2020. Note: This photo was taken prior to the COVID-19 lockdown. GAF currently requires masks and social distancing in all of its classes.

Peak demand (updated) (access required)

Despite relatively high unemployment, workforce shortages abound in several industries nationwide. In the roofing industry, 90% of contractors have experienced some sort of labor shortage in the last year, according to the National Roofing Contractors Association. As the largest roofing manufacturer in North America, Parsippany-based GAF can’t ignore the problem. “If we don’t have labor to install our product, our product will not get installed,” said Brian Cornelius, program director at GAF Roofing Academy.

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Get back (access required)

The worker shortage is a nationwide problem, with business and labor groups at odds over its causes, but it could be particularly acute in New Jersey as the state gears up for the summer tourism season. Economical health here depends on tens of millions of visitors flocking to the beaches, and serving and lodging those people requires a huge workforce.

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Sunny suds (access required)

A handful of New Jersey breweries at least partially power their brews by solar energy, including River Horse Brewing Co. in Ewing, Flying Fish Brewing Co. in Somerdale, and Anheuser Busch in Newark.

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Senior Technician is charging the electric car or EV in service center for maintainance, Eco-friendly alternative energy concept

Major shift (access required)

The Colonial Pipeline shutdown and gas shortages in some parts of the country may have left some motorists thinking that now’s a good time to switch to electric vehicles. New Jersey state officials certainly thinks so – though not necessarily for that reason.

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A rendering of the design for a new facade on Newark Symphony Hall, released on May 5, 2021.

Change of venue (access required)

Some of the world’s greatest performers have taken the stage at Newark Symphony Hall – the Metropolitan Opera, Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis and the Rolling Stones to name just a few. But the century-old venue in the heart of downtown Newark has seen better days, and Taneshia Nash Laird is in charge of returning it to glory.

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Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy receive the first dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine on on April 9, 2021.

Hard to herd (access required)

In the first stages of the vaccine rollout, hundreds of millions of Americans struggled to get a shot, waiting in virtual and physical queues for weeks or months. Now, interest has plateaued with most of those who want a vaccine able to get one.

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NJBIZ Pic Page: May 17, 2020

Pic Page: May 17, 2021

Photos featuring Virtua Health, BrainsWay, Inserra family owned ShopRite stores, Universal Technical Institute Bloomfield, the Inspira Foundation and Wakefern Food Corp. from this week’s issue of NJBIZ.

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