In this year’s State of the Union address, President Obama called attention to a stubborn legacy of the Great Recession - a historically high number of Americans who are ready and eager to work, but have found themselves numbered among the ranks of the long-term unemployed.
Although many of these Americans could help employers fill their hiring needs if given the chance, they often face particular barriers in getting back to work. The recent research released by the White House -- Addressing the Negative Cycle of Long-Term Unemployment -- underscores that the long-term unemployed are frequently overlooked and sometimes excluded from job opportunities. One study found that candidates who had been out of work eight months were called back for interviews only about half as often as candidates who had been out of work one month, even with an otherwise identical r?sum?.
The President has undertaken steps in partnership with businesses, non-profits, mayors, and governors and anyone else ready to address this challenge. CEOs of leading companies have recently announced that they were signing onto new best practices for hiring and recruiting the long-term unemployed, designed to ensure the long-term unemployed receive a fair shot in the hiring and recruiting process. These best practices include:
The committed professional staff in our 2,500 American Job Centers has been steady anchors throughout the Great Recession, providing support and services to tens of thousands of discouraged job seekers. As the recovery proceeds, our public workforce staff firmly stationed on the front-line of assistance -- strategically positioned (and thoroughly dedicated) to help the long-term unemployed realize their hopes to successfully reenter the labor market.
The Reemployment Works “Community of Practice” now encourages our webpage visitors to weigh in with your views on these issues to further measure the success of our local, State, and Federal reemployment efforts:
Your consideration and thoughtful response to one or more of these questions will help the Department and Administration gauge the progress in meeting the challenge of returning our customers and clients, our acquaintances and friends, our families and neighbors -- our fellow Americans -- to meaningful jobs in our local economies. You are encouraged to add your comments to this blog post. Thanks!
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