Small business owners hope state’s workforce incentive program will bring back employees

News 12 Staff

Sep 28, 2021, 2:56am

Updated on: Sep 28, 2021, 2:56am

Out-of-work New Jersey residents could see an extra $500 in their bank accounts under a new work incentive Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Monday.

The plan is an effort to help the Garden State’s small businesses that are seeking employees. Employers would also receive funds to help fill the positions, under the plan.

The Westfield Chamber of Commerce announced it is hosting a job fair this week. Local businesses are hoping that the state program will entice qualified employees to come back to work.

“The whole furnishing industry – it’s been booming,” says Ron Shovlin, owner of Shovlin Mattress Factory.

And while owning a booming business is a good thing, Shovlin says that it does come with some challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Other than having the problems of supply chain issues, finding skilled labor is tough,” he says.

Shovlin says that he…

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