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"Congress, give these hardworking, responsible Americans that chance. They need our help, but more important, this country needs them in the game." 

- President Obama, State of the Union Address, January 28, 2014


The President's State of the Union address shone a national spotlight on workforce issues that we at the SDWP, and our funded partners, are solving through varied training programs and the America's Job Centers of California (AJCC). Most importantly, the President called on companies to hire the long-term unemployed, which represents 37 percent (4.1 million people) of the jobless population. Our AJCC counselors support job seekers every day. These motivated and skilled workers are ready to work and fighting for a chance to prove their value. Many face discrimination simply because they have been out of work for an extended period. It is not for lack of effort or ability; it is due to an economy that is still slowly recovering.


We echo the President's call to action and ask you to carefully consider each person when you have hiring needs. When we provide opportunities to put our neighbors back to work, we all win.


Peter Callstrom



Peter Callstrom

President & CEO

SDWP News & Notes
A new SANDAG report finds that more than 387,000 people in San Diego County live at or below the federal poverty level. SDWP CEO Peter Callstrom visited the KPBS Evening Edition to address the report and what it says about poverty and jobs in the county. Read on.
April 4 is the application deadline for summer programs in which youth will explore STEM careers and spend the summer working in biotech labs throughout San Diego.  Read on.
Last month, 1,300 volunteers, including SDWP CEO Peter Callstrom, participated in the annual point-in-time homeless count in an effort to help assess homelessness throughout the county and identify solutions that enable individuals to become housed. Read on.
SDWP staff spoke at the California Workforce Association's Youth Conference last month. "Stand and Deliver Together" was the conference theme, emphasizing the importance of working together to better serve youth. Read on.

We have a new Twitter handle @SDWorkforce! Follow us to read useful information related to a variety of workforce issues and events, including jobs reports, long-term unemployment benefits, economic events, job fairs, the minimum wage and more. Read on.


Partner Profile

San Diego Grantmakers (SDG) announced the appointment of SDWP CEO Peter Callstrom to its Board of Directors. SDG's mission is to connect, educate, develop and inspire organized philanthropy to be more effective individually and collectively. Read on.


Partner Program Success Story

Community Connections program is helping young adults achieve their goal of completing high school, finding a job or identifying a career pathway that prepares them for a lifetime of success. Read on. 

Labor Market News

While it is easy to assume that a lower unemployment rate indicates an improving job market, there are several factors influencing unemployment rates that suggest otherwise. The SDWP Research/Labor Market Information Department offers analysis. Read on.

Hosted by the SDWP Research/Labor Market Information Department, the event will highlight the bi-annual In-Demand Jobs report, which analyzes the top 50 growing occupations in San Diego. Attendees will gain valuable knowledge about workforce trends and insights from industry insiders. Read on.


Community Partner News

San Diego was selected as one of three locations to receive a $1.9 million grant from the Open Society Foundations as part of the new Open Places Initiative. The grants will be used to advance policies that promote social and economic stability for the region's most vulnerable residents.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego is currently seeking mentors (ages 18+) for its Office of Justice Programs at several branch locations. Mentors will be involved in the case management of youth, participate in activities, and make an impact on the lives of young people. 

Read on.



On Feb. 28, Senator Ben Hueso will convene an informational hearing of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee on the revised Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. After the hearing, the California Employment Development Department will hold a job fair for veterans. Read on.


The City Heights Youth Resource and Job Fair connects young adults with employers and helpful local services. The free event will offer tips on how to write a r�sum�, network and interview as well as resources related to job searches and internships. 

Want to discuss California's strength in the marketplace and learn what it takes to attract businesses to the San Diego region? Register for TeamCalifornia's Third-Annual Meet the Consultants Forum, Feb. 18-19, at the Omni La Costa Resort in Carlsbad. Read on.

With several million dollars of funding recently awarded or now available for training programs to include BlueTech, workforce development professionals will gather on Feb. 21 at the offices of McKenna Long & Aldridge to share ideas for training, funding and more. Read on.


Social Media Highlights @SDWorkforce
Follow us on Twitter  Congrats Rebecca @diegoandson representing #SanDiego + @SDWorkforce - @WhiteHouse to discuss unemployment with @BarackObama


Follow us on Twitter  Presentations from #SDEconRound event now available for download on @SanDiegoCounty site, http://bit.ly/1iovtXL @usdsba @UTsandiego


Follow us on Twitter  SDWP's @tinaresearch to speak on #unemployment trends @AAUWSD High Tech = High Pay for #WomenInStem #SanDiego http://aauwsandiego.org

Follow us on Twitter   Congrats @toniatkins of #SanDiego, just elected next speaker of the #CAStateAssembly, and longtime SDWP supporter, http://bit.ly/KIeKAi

Follow us on Twitter  @PCWISD to host a lunch & learn featuring Jerry Sanders, CEO of @sdchamber focusing on #SanDiego's workforce.


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