Economic Recovery & Reopening Update: 7/22/2022

NJ Chamber
Economic Recovery & Reopening Update
July 22, 2022
Content Curated By Scott Goldstein
  • ‘A beacon of hope’: Ukraine and Russia sign grain export deal.
  • Private-Sector employment in June exceeds pre-pandemic level.
  • Sixers announce plans for $1.3B arena in Philly – and reaffirm their commitment to Camden.
‘A Beacon of Hope’: Ukraine and Russia Sign Grain Export Deal
Russia and Ukraine signed agreements today clearing the way for exporting millions of tons of desperately needed Ukrainian grain – as well as Russian grain and fertilizer – ending a wartime standoff that had threatened food security around the globe. Read more. (The Associated Press)
Private-Sector Employment in June Exceeds Pre-Pandemic Level
Jobs in N.J. increased by 9,800 jobs in June, and by 96,000 jobs through the first six months of 2022. Private-sector employment now exceeds the pre-pandemic level recorded in February 2020 by 8,600 jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state unemployment rate remained at 3.9% in June. (N.J. Labor Department)
N.J. Lottery Sales Broke Records the Past Two Years
Lottery officials believe the increase can be partly attributed to the fact that – until recently – there were few other entertainment options. During the beginning of the pandemic, a trip to the lottery counter was a brief moment of fun for some. When the New Jersey Lottery Commission on Thursday released its unaudited results for Fiscal Year 2022, sales totaled $3.6 billion, the second-highest figure in lottery history. The only fiscal year that did better was 2021. (ROI-NJ)
Understanding America’s Labor Shortage
The pandemic caused a major disruption in the U.S. labor force – something some have referred to as The Great Resignation. The transportation; health care and social assistance; and accommodation and food sectors have had the highest numbers of job openings. Read an analysis to get a better understanding. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Sixers Announce Plans for $1.3 Billion Arena in Philly – and Reaffirm their Commitment to Camden
The Philadelphia 76ers yesterday announced plans to build a $1.3 billion arena in Philadelphia's Fashion District to serve as an anchor in Center City. The Sixers also made this clear: They are fully committed to the practice facility and offices they opened in Camden in 2016. (ROI-NJ)
Now Available from the State: Free Financial Wellness Course
The state Treasury Department is offering a free financial wellness program to all state residents. It explores money, insurance, taxes, and credit. See it here. (N.J. Treasury Department)
NJ Chamber Virtual Discussion Series on Diversity, Equality & Inclusion
July 28: Women in the Workplace: Lessons from the Navy
U.S. Navy Commander Evita Salles, a native of Neptune, N.J., will join us for an exclusive conversation about the Navy's innovative strategies to support the recruitment, retention and advancement of women. This event is part of our series focused on creating more equitable work environments for women and to uplift the voices of women in the workplace everywhere. For complimentary registration, click here. (N.J. Chamber of Commerce)
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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)
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