White House - Fact Sheet on Getting Long-Term Unemployed Americans Back to Work

Posted by Alexandra Kielty - On October 22, 2014 (EST)

On October 15, 2014, the White House issued this fact sheet to past and current actions providing assistance in getting long-term unemployed Americans back to work. In January, President Obama issued a three-part call to action – to employers, to communities across the country, and to federal agencies – to help Americans who are ready to work find jobs, and to help more of the long-term unemployed get back to work. It includes an update on progress since January 2014 and additional steps—taken in conjunction with businesses, non-profit leaders, governors and mayors and federal agencies—to help ensure that Americans still looking for work have a fair shot, and American businesses benefit as a result.

Since December, the long-term unemployment rate has fallen from 2.5 percent to 1.9 percent. The number of long-term unemployed – those unemployed more than 6 months – has fallen by 900,000. This decline accounts for around 90 percent of the total drop in unemployment in the past 10 months. But there is still work left to do. It also includes the announcement of $170 million in grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor to support partnerships to connect long-term unemployed to employment opportunities, a new handbook to assist business and individuals in hiring practices, and ensuring Federal hiring includes those who have been out of the labor force for an extended period.

To access the full text of the White House Fact Sheet, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/10/15/fact-sheet-getting-long-term-unemployed-americans-back-work



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