Current Economic Conditions

As a service to assist school boards with negotiations, NJSBA collects key economic data from state and federal labor offices. These economic statistics – which are updated monthly – can help school boards educate unions about the difficult new economic environment under which school districts operate. The information can also be valuable during mediation and fact-finding.

NJSBA gathers the information from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a federal agency that produces impartial, timely and accurate data relevant to the collective bargaining process. Most of the information presented has been gathered from the BLS database, which is updated continuously. In addition, New Jersey- specific information is found at the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

School board members who need assistance interpreting the data or preparing for negotiations, mediation or fact-finding should contact NJSBA’s labor relations department at (609) 278-5219 or by email. Additional resources can be found on the Labor Relations section of NJSBA’s website.

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