Jobs, NJEA v Sweeney, Ventnor’s Own Horror (Film) – Monday’s Roundup

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The Atlantic City-Hammonton metropolitan area is – finally – seeing some job growth. There were 2,700 more jobs in the area this August compared to the same month last year, an increase of 2 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (not seasonally adjusted) nonfarm payroll numbers (spotted by Jim Kennedy – follow him on Twitter at @ACEconPolicy). The Vineland and Bridgeton area is also on a roll, with an increase of 2,100 jobs or a gain of 3.7 percent in August from the same month in 2016. Across the state on average job growth was just 1.4 percent this August from the year earlier, while the nonfarm payroll increased 1.5 percent in August in the New York-Newark-Jersey City metropolitan area. As Kennedy noted on Twitter, South Jersey has added jobs over the last year after a decade of staggering job losses.

NJEA v Sweeney
The grudge match between the New Jersey Education Association and Senate President Steve Sweeney is heating up as we barrel ever closer to the elections on Nov. 7. NJInsider today has a piece saying the whole debacle should signal the end of taxpayer subsidies for the teacher’s union, while columnist Tom Moran for the Star Ledger calls it the “stupidest mistake in this election by far.”

Ventnor Producers’ Horror Film Debuts On Demand
American Gothic, a horror film by a team that includes Ventnor-based producers Sherry McCracken and Dina Engel, will be available on demand on cable from Tuesday. We spoke with McCracken last week about her hopes for the film – their third feature – and for more filmmaking in the Atlantic City area. Read more here.

“Hanging at Gardner’s Basin” by Grace Zambelli. Find more by Grace and Michael Zambelli on Instagram @zambelli_art or via their website

In the rest of the headlines from the weekend and this morning, voter turnout next month will be determined by local races (since no one seems to be too fired up by the gubernatorial campaigns), meet the LGBT candidate for state assembly for LD2, the Atlantic City mayoral race is boiling down to an assessment of the last four years in the resort town, forecasters expect a warm winter for New Jersey, the South Jersey Times’ editorial board says Camden is still a contender for Amazon’s HQ2, local resident and Montclair Prof Brigid Callahan Harrison writes an op-ed on #metoo (including a brief discussion of harassment within the context of the tourism economy),  and read about a pipe organ built in Rome that’s on loan to a church in the Pine Barrens. All that and more below:

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