Economic Recovery & Reopening Update: 11/16/2021

NJ Chamber
Economic Recovery & Reopening Update
 
 
November 15, 2021
 
Content Curated By Scott Goldstein
 
INSIDE TODAY'S UPDATE
 
  • New Jersey is soon likely to expand and simplify COVID-19 vaccine booster eligibility, Gov. Phil Murphy says.
 
  • President Biden to sign big infrastructure bill today — sending $13 billion to N.J.
 
  • For second straight month, Americans quit jobs at a record pace.
 
New Jersey Likely to Expand and Simplify COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Eligibility Soon, Gov. Phil Murphy Says
Gov. Phil Murphy hinted Monday that New Jersey will soon expand eligibility and simplify COVID-19 vaccine booster eligibility rules to allow all residents 18 and older to get another shot, a step beyond current federal guidelines. There are currently multiple sets of eligibility rules by age groups, jobs, and differences between brands in New Jersey. (nj.com)
 
In N.J., Only One in Four Eligible Get COVID-19 Boosters So Far
New Jerseyans have shown a limited appetite for COVID-19 booster shots, with fewer than one in four eligible individuals having received an additional dose since they were approved in late September — a showing state officials are working to improve. (NJ Spotlight News)
Affordable Energy for New Jersey
 
President Biden to Sign Big Infrastructure Bill Today — Sending $13 Billion to New Jersey
Billions of federal transportation dollars will flow to New Jersey in the coming months and years after President Joe Biden signs the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill Monday at a White House ceremony. According to the White House and U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Robert Menendez, New Jersey will receive at least $13.5 billion over the next five years under the infrastructure bill. Here’s what’s in the legislation that could benefit the Garden State. (nj.com)
 
For Second Straight Month, Americans Quit Jobs at a Record Pace
4.4 million people quit their jobs in September, about 3% of the nation's workforce, according to the U.S. Labor Department. That's up from 4.3 million in August and far above the pre-pandemic level of 3.6 million. The figures point to a historic level of turmoil in the job market as newly-empowered workers quit jobs to take higher pay that is being offered by businesses in need of help. (The Associated Press via Politico)
 
N.J. High School Goes Remote Due to Uptick in COVID-19 Cases
Morristown High School has switched to all-remote learning amid a surge in COVID-19 cases at the school. Students are scheduled to return to classrooms on Monday, Nov. 22, ten days after in-person instruction was suspended. The extent of the problem at the high school was not immediately clear on Monday afternoon. (nj.com)
 
A 17-Member New Jersey Delegation Has Begun a Five-Day Trip to Israel to Meet Business and Government Leaders
Choose New Jersey CEO Jose Lozano said the trip shows just how much New Jersey values the relationship: It is the only state that sent a delegation this year. The event signaled that New Jersey was keeping the promise Gov. Phil Murphy made to make an annual visit to a country that not only has close cultural ties with the state, but also has a $1.3 billion bilateral trade partnership. (ROI-NJ)
 
Diversity Gala is a Call to Action: 'Do We Have the Will' to Change the State?
The first-ever statewide Champions of Diversity Gala presented by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce and the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) brought a crowd of 300 people to The Pines Manor in Edison Wednesday night – double the number expected. "When I look out at this audience tonight, I see New Jersey," said John Harmon, CEO of the AACCNJ. "This is our state. And the more we gather like this, the more we engage each other, the more we’ll find that we have a lot in common." (ROI-NJ)
 
The N.J. Chamber's Walk to Washington Next Year is Cancelled — to be Recast as 'ReNew Jersey Business Summit' in Atlantic City
The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce announced that its Walk to Washington networking train trip will be recast as the ReNew Jersey Business Summit, to be held April 13-14 at Borgata in Atlantic City, due to lingering concerns about COVID-19. The announcement marks the second consecutive year that the Walk to Washington, the state’s largest business networking event, has been canceled due to the pandemic. Chamber officials said they intend to resume the annual train trip in 2023. (ROI-NJ)
 
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. (vaccines.gov)
 
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Business Resources
 
 
 
State & Federal Financial Assistance (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
 
Reopening Playbook for Employers (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
 
Vaccine Guide for Businesses (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
 
 
 
Jobs and Hiring Portal Job Seekers | Employers (State of N.J.)
 
 
Guide to Starting a Business in N.J. (New Jersey Business Action Center)
 
The Best Tool for Your Business - Membership in the N.J. Chamber
 
The N.J. Chamber provides members with guest speakers, webinars, networking opportunities and discount programs that help businesses grow. The N.J. Chamber also advocates for pro-growth and pro-business legislation.
 
 
N.J. Coronavirus Cases
 
 
Total Confirmed Deaths Reported: 25,358
 
Total Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Reported: 1,059,828
 
Fully Vaccinated People in N.J.: 6,125,008
 
 
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