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Which Job Boards Are Used by California’s Employment Professionals?

Michael Bernick
Former California Employment Development Department Director & Milken Institute Fellow

Which job boards are used by California’s employment professionals today? Earlier this month, Transmosis, the tech group dedicated to fuller employment in California,     undertook a survey of 21 job counselors associated with two Workforce Investment Boards, NOVA in Silicon Valley and Contra Costa County. Job counselors were asked, “Which internet job placement sites have you […]

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Darkness at Noon

Michael Bernick
Former California Employment Development Department Director & Milken Institute Fellow

Earlier this week, the death of David Greenglass at age 92 was announced in the New York Times. Few Californians today have heard of him or even of the espionage trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg in 1951, in which he was a key witness. Yet, both the trial and the subsequent revelations have important […]

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What Are the Best Placement Strategies for California’s Long Term Unemployed?

Michael Bernick
Former California Employment Development Department Director & Milken Institute Fellow

What are the best placement strategies for California’s long term unemployed? This week a consortium of four California Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) is launching a project to address this question. The project in its first months will take a critical look at existing long term unemployed (LTU) projects throughout the nation. Starting in early 2015, […]

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The Days of Awe

Michael Bernick
Former California Employment Development Department Director & Milken Institute Fellow

We are currently in the Days of Awe, the 10 day period between Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It is a time of repentance, prayer, and charity. It directs us to a form of charity or good deeds relevant to our employment world today. In repentance, prayer […]

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Virginia Hamilton and the Next Era of Job Training

Michael Bernick
Former California Employment Development Department Director & Milken Institute Fellow

Virginia Hamilton started in the workforce field in 1978, at the Stockton EDD office, as an Employment Program Representative (job placement staff). Over the past 36 years, she has held a variety of positions at EDD, at the California Workforce Association, and at the U.S. Department of Labor.   Since 2012, she has served as the […]

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Ward Cleaver’s Job World (Los Angeles 1957)

Michael Bernick
Former California Employment Development Department Director & Milken Institute Fellow

(A longer version of this posting will be appearing in the journal of the California State Library, which houses the collected papers of Mr. Bernick). Over the past few months, I have been researching the job world in 1950s California for an essay in our California State Library journal. As part of the research, I […]

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What Explains the Decline in Entrepreneurship in California

Michael Bernick
Former California Employment Development Department Director & Milken Institute Fellow

The decision last week by Tesla Motors to locate its battery factory in Nevada attracted the most media attention among economics stories, and generated a new wave of articles about California’s economic competitiveness. But our real concern should be not Tesla (California government did everything possible) but the decline in entrepreneurship in California as elsewhere, […]

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What California Job Specialists Can Learn Today From Joan Rivers

Michael Bernick
Former California Employment Development Department Director & Milken Institute Fellow

 (Editor’s Note: The following piece by Michael Bernick appeared in Fox and Hounds Daily on September 18, 2013. We are re-posting in memory of Ms. Rivers who passed away yesterday.) California’s job specialists (and all of us) can learn much from studying the career and current employments of Joan Rivers—as demonstrated recently on the set […]

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Labor Day 2014: 3 Truths and a Lie

Michael Bernick
Former California Employment Development Department Director & Milken Institute Fellow

As we come to Labor Day 2014, it is time to consider where we have come since last year’s Labor Day and where we might be going. Here are three truths and a lie about the job market in California. Truth 1- California is in the midst of one of its longest employment expansions since […]

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The Energy and Creativity of the Internet Job Placement Sites

Michael Bernick
Former California Employment Development Department Director & Milken Institute Fellow

This summer, Congress enacted the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) which governs the $3 billion or so spent each year by the federal government on job training. Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, announced that the Act would bring U.S. job training in the 21st century. I started in the public workforce system in 1979 […]

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