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Last week, I was lucky enough to be in New Hampshire to witness the launch of one part of a three-tiered initiative called NH Working. 

The goal of NH Working is to help New Hampshire workers stay at work, return to work, or get ready for work.  Given these tough economic times, New Hampshire is actively creating opportunities for workers to obtain skills upgrades.  This tier is called "return to work" and the outreach campaign has already begun.  Unemployment Insurance claimants who are interested shall attend an orientation at the NH Works offices.  At this orientation, they will learn how to participate in this on-the-job training, how many hours they can participate, and for how many weeks.  It's up to the individuals to market themselves to the employers to obtain their on-the-job training.  Of course, the NH Works offices will help keep employers informed.  They even have a “Google-like” window sticker for employers labeling them a "friend of NH Working."  

New Hampshire is working hard to help their citizens obtain the skills necessary to compete in this tough marketplace. Personally, I can't wait to hear the results. 

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 The Recovery Act made $7 billion in incentive payments available for states that update their Unemployment Compensation (UC) programs to reflect the nature of the 21st century economy and workforce.  This is important because many of today’s workers who need to balance work and family responsibilities often do not qualify for UC, due in part to eligibility restrictions in state law. The UC Modernization provisions eliminate barriers to benefit receipt affecting recent entrants to the labor force, low-wage workers, women, and part-time workers.  These eligibility provisions are not novel or radical; in fact, many state laws already contained the qualifying provisions prior to the enactment of the Federal UC Modernization provisions.  For additional information about UC Modernization, visit this resource page.

Over $2.8 billion in incentive payments has been disbursed to 32 states so far.  To encourage states yet to receive part or all of their share of the UC modernization incentive payment to change their laws to qualify, the U.S. Department of Labor hosted a Webinar on March 10, 2010 for peer-to-peer learning on passing modernization legislation and qualifying for the payments.  Representatives from Idaho, Kansas, and Tennessee—states that amended their laws to qualify for their full share of the incentive payment—shared their insights about the value of modernizing their UC programs and the strategies that led to their success.  In particular, they explained the importance of using data, making a strong business case, and working with stakeholders to successfully amend their states’ laws. To listen to this Webinar, click here.


Expanding Opportunities for Mature Jobseekers through Innovative Partnerships

Innovations in the expansion of opportunities for the mature jobseeker: Mature Services, Inc., SCSEP and Easter Seals will discuss several new pathways for improving opportunities for the mature worker during these tough economic times. 


Mature Services, Inc. and Easter Seals, Inc. are both US Department of Labor grantees providing employment and training services for mature jobseekers with funding from the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) and service fees.   

Our panel will present the following strategies that improve customer relationships and expand opportunities:
• Use of  employer and participant advisory boards to provide direct involvement and feedback on the administration,  service delivery and employer needs;
• Use of / LinkedIn to promote an open exchange of ideas, job opportunities, networking and peer-to- peer collaboration;
• Use of a call center lab to solicit feedback from employers on hiring needs, training requirements and  to develop interest in services available to employers.

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 Self-Employment Lessons from the Public Workforce System

Self-Employment Lessons from the Public Workforce System on Vimeo.

Tough economic times? Why not create your own job?: Project GATE II, IMPAQ International and the LLC, Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education showcase best practices and lessons learned from various entrepreneurial efforts.


The Employment and Training Administration has a long history of promoting entrepreneurship as a viable option for public workforce system clients who wish to create their own job.  Currently, many tools exist under the public workforce system to promote small business creation and development.  This session will describe some of the best practices and lessons learned from past ETA entrepreneurship efforts and showcase examples of how entrepreneurship successfully is marrying workforce and economic development for the benefit of public workforce system clients.

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  Transitioning Ex-Offenders into Today's Workforce

How can an offender survive today's economy?  The Iowa Workforce Development and the Iowa Department of Corrections will discuss proven methods to prepare offenders for the transition from incarceration to employment.


(Iowa Workforce Development, Iowa Department of Corrections)
Learn about key strategies deployed in Iowa that launched a successful Reentry Program.  Partnerships between Iowa’s Department of Corrections and the Iowa Workforce Development were established to prepare offenders for transition from incarceration to employment.  The partnership ensures that offenders receive labor market information and skill requirements for different jobs, helping them overcome obstacles in employment search.  Learn how these agencies worked cooperatively to engage the employer community and provide assessment, skills upgrading and transitional preparation to offenders reentering the workforce.

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  Modeling a New Education

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Modeling a New EducationGateway Technical College & Kenosha County Job Center will discuss collaborations designed to train today's dislocated workers.


This workshop will explain how the collaboration between local workforce development centers, employers and Gateway Technical College led to development of a short-term training model based on employers' needs. Ten boot camps for CNC machine operators, seven for welders and two for machine repair technicians have been offered since 2005. Designed for dislocated workers, the training simulates the work environment and provides the opportunity to obtain national skills standards certification. Case management provides contingency planning that addresses barriers to successful sustained employment.

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Finding a job in today's economy is hard work, and job seekers need to have the best tools at their fingertips.  To help uncover new and effective on-line job search and career advancement tools, DOL challenged entrepreneurs and organizations to showcase their online solutions, and invited workforce system decision-makers and job seekers to explore, comment on, and recommend tools.

Over 16,000 members of the public cast over 34,000 votes for the 600 online job tools posted on the Challenge site during a two-week period in January.  Now the recommendations have been tallied, and the top-rated Web sites in each of six categories — general job boards, niche tools, career tools, career exploration tools, Web 2.0 and "other" — are available at

"My thanks go out to the businesses and organizations that submitted their tools for evaluation, and to the members of the public who offered their input," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.  "We called on the public to let us know what they want out of online job tools, and they have responded in great numbers.  In the process, we also created a great resource for job seekers."

The posting of these top-rated tools is the culmination of an eight-week collaborative effort between the Department of Labor, the White House, and Beginning in December, the Department of Labor asked online job tool providers to submit their products for recommendation and analysis by the public. Known as crowdsourcing, this process allowed the public to determine the top online job tools which will aid in their employment and reemployment.  Top recommended tools, as well as the full list of tool providers who entered the Challenge, can be accessed through

For more information on the range of Department of Labor employment and training services, visit



With U.S. unemployment hovering near 10%, jobseekers are increasingly turning to their social networks for job leads, employer information, and moral support.  A brief scan of the blogosphere results in wealth of advice for the unemployed, with topics ranging from a grounding in social media etiquette to the tangible steps jobseekers can take to create a strong brand using web 2.0 technologies.



Skip Job Boards and Use Social Media Instead by Dan Schawbel


  • In this article, Henry Chalain, a relationship manager at J.P. Morgan before his job was eliminated in May 2009 after seven years with the company shares the key lessons he discovered during an intensive six-week course on using social media at the Columbia Business School.


Using Social Media for the Search By Henry Chalian,


  • In this entry for U.S. News and World Report, David Lagesse instructs jobseekers on the etiquette of incorporating social media into the job search. 


How to Turn Social Networking Into a Job Offer By David Lagesse


  • Cindy Tickle demonstrates how Twitter can function to connect jobseekers to ‘green’ recruiters.  A simple search of “green jobs” revealed the following links:


    • @greeneconomy - The mission of Green Jobs Network is to connect people seeking jobs that focus on environmental and social responsibility with available opportunities and resources.  They also have a blog providing information on events and advice regarding green jobs.”
    • @GRNBoulder - Global Recruiters of Boulder specializes in recruiting top talent in the Renewable Energy, Sustainable Architecture and Sustainable Product industries. They are dedicated to the success of these thriving and crucial industries and to their positive impact on society.”


Find Green Jobs on Twitter by Cindy Tickle