Economic & Recovery: News Release: 6/21/2022

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
NJ Chamber
Economic Recovery & Reopening Update
June 21, 2022
Content Curated By Scott Goldstein
  • Cost of child care is driving some parents out of the workforce.
  • Employers, workers still haven’t solved return-to-work puzzle.
  • A new approach for getting the youngest children their vaccines.
Cost of Child Care is Driving Some Parents Out of the Workforce
Workers – especially women – say the high cost of child care is driving them out of the labor force. Meanwhile, daycares struggle to retain staff and keep up with rising costs. Could new proposals out of Trenton help? (NJ Spotlight News)
Employers, Workers Still Haven’t Solved Return-to-Work Puzzle
As safety restrictions are dropped, more employers want workers back in the office. However, after two years of working from home, that option seems less appealing and necessary to many employees. Could companies see an exodus of employees if they require people back in the office full-time? (NJ Spotlight News)
A New Approach for Getting the Youngest Children their Vaccines
The rollout of the vaccination program for children as young as six months old will look different from past initiatives, at least in New Jersey. Pediatric vaccines will be available at the state’s two remaining regional COVID-19 mega-sites, but pediatricians, family doctors, community clinics and local health departments will also be among the first to offer the tot-sized doses. Drugstores have also requested early shipments. (NJ Spotlight News)
For Vaccinated Patients, Omicron Variant Less Likely to Cause Long COVID than the Previous Delta Variant
The omicron variant is much less likely to cause long COVID in vaccinated patients than the delta variant, according to findings released in the medical journal The Lancet. Only about 5% of vaccinated COVID-19 patients infected with the omicron variant reported experiencing brain fog, heart problems or other health issues a month after testing positive for the disease. (NJ Spotlight News)
New Jersey's High School Graduation Test May Get a Rewrite
The test – suspended for two years during the pandemic before being reinstated this spring – has been contested for years as inadequate and punitive. Any replacement requires legislative action to change. A bill would give the state two months to start to come up with a new test. (NJ Spotlight News)
PHOTOS: Hundreds of N.J. Chamber Members Gather at the State Museum for our 25th Annual 'Open House'
Business and state government leaders filled the galleries and the outdoor mall of the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton on June 9 for the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce's 25th Annual Open House. See pictures here. (N.J. Chamber of Commerce)
Join the N.J. Chamber's Drive for Equality: Sign Up for Our 'Supplier Diversity Collaborative' and Work Towards Real Change
By signing your company's name to the N.J. Chamber's 'Supplier Diversity Collaborative,' you will strengthen the business community’s commitment to hiring a diverse group of suppliers and contractors. Expanding a commitment to working with New Jersey's minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses is good for business on many levels. More information here. (N.J. Chamber of Commerce)
Looking to Get Vaccinated? Here's an Easy Way to Find COVID-19 Vaccines Near You.
Just punch in your area code. You can even search for a specific vaccine. (
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Business Resources
Vaccine Guide for Businesses (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Guide to Starting a Business in N.J. (New Jersey Business Action Center)
Jobs and Hiring Portal Job Seekers | Employers (State of N.J.)
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