Steven Fulop, Mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey, responded to the GOP cuts to unemployment benefits that went into place on January 1 the only way he knew how: by training his constituents right out of high school in order to bring manufacturing back to the United States. And he explains how other cities can do the same.
“We’re partnering with a building trade to have a more advanced apprentice program to actually fit with the construction jobs that we’re creating to get younger Jersey City residents trained for those (jobs),” the Mayor said early Friday morning on The Agenda with Ari Rabin-Havt.
“(We recognize) that just because you have a high school diploma or… a Bachelor’s [degree] doesn’t necessarily mean there’s going to be a job for you at the end of the road. In today’s world, you really need to be training for something. You can grow manufacturing. This country has a technology advantage, and the shipping and fuel costs may be compelling enough that you’re actually going to see manufacturing returning here.”
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