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Where to Look for a California Job in 2008

The largest job losses in California and across the country during this economic downturn have been in housing-related industries. In July 2008, year-over job losses in our state totaled 118,500 in the housing-oriented sector of the economy. At the same time, other industries added 42,600 jobs.

This initiative will help transition some of the hardest hit workers immediately into related in-demand occupations. Others will receive “bridge” training, capitalizing on their existing skills and preparing them for new job opportunities.

Commercial Construction Job Opportunities

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  • Residential construction workers may transfer their skills to jobs in commercial construction including hospital, highway, bridge, and other infrastructure projects.
  • Mortgage and real estate workers can find job opportunities in administrative fields and growth industries such as health care, green technology, and biotechnology.

DirectEmployers Association Job Database

A partner in the transitional careers effort is the national DirectEmployers Association, a nonprofit consortium of leading U.S. corporations committed to improving labor market efficiency through the sharing of best practices, research, and the development of technology. The association currently lists 34,000 available jobs in California through its labor exchange Web site.

The first $4.5 million of initiative funding is already at work preparing laid-off residential construction workers for jobs in commercial construction and in highway, bridge, and other infrastructure projects funded by the Governor’s Strategic Growth Plan. The money was awarded earlier this year to job development organizations in nine areas of the state hit hardest by the housing market collapse.

The Employment Training Panel will spend $5 million for customized training to refine the skills of displaced residential construction, mortgage and real estate workers placed with new employers.

ETP resources may also support Local Workforce Investment Boards and other community organizations in pre-employment worker training programs.

For more information about job and resource expos, and grants to training providers in hard hit areas of the state please visit the EDD Web site at under the Jobs and Training tab, “Opportunities for Housing Industry Workers.”

Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
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