Labor Market Study of Greater New Haven and The Valley

The comprehensive report, produced by The Community Foundation and Valley Community Foundation in partnership with Blakely Consulting, identifies potential solutions for better pathways between job seekers and employers.

From the Executive Summary

"The goal of this project was to understand the need for middle-skill jobs in the region, highlight some occupations that provided promising employment opportunities, identify pathways for residents in the area, and meet the needs of local employers. More importantly, we wanted to understand why this problem has not been solved yet. With employers demanding more workers and potential workers sitting out of the labor market, clearly there is more than a skills mismatch at work."

This report is the result of a collaboration between The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Valley Community Foundation, the Regional Labor Market Analysis Advisory Committee, and Blakely Consulting, and the contributions of workforce development stakeholders, community-based organizations and job seekers. Acknowledgments

Photo: Neme Jimenez

Understanding Cliff Effects: Implications and Solutions

Many families depend on benefits such as cash assistance, child care assistance, and housing assistance to sustain their households. Perversely, these systems can trap families in poverty and prevent their economic mobility. This document explores implications of what are known as the “cliff effects” and potential solutions.

Understanding Cliff Effects

Workforce Case Studies

The three case studies below examine three unique promising practices in the field and how they are effectively addressing barriers to accessing the labor market and building a strong workforce.

BioLaunch is a program hosted by the Connecticut Center for Arts & Technology (ConnCAT) and designed to provide laboratory instruction and internships to prepare individuals for high-demand, high-quality careers in the field of biotechnology.

BioLaunch Case Study

Manufacturing and Technical Community Hub (MATCH) is an innovative training facility in New Haven’s Fair Haven neighborhood, supported by public and private partners including The Community Foundation and New Haven Healthy Start.

MATCH Case Study

Pathways to Healthcare at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is a workforce development initiative started in 2018 to prepare Richmond residents for employment in the healthcare industry. Once employed, the program provides active support to help workers retain their positions and continue their education.

Pathways Case Study

Do you have questions about the Labor Market Analysis report?

Please contact Yolanda Caldera-Durant
Vice President for Program and Community Engagement