Obama Partners with Companies to Aid Long-Term Jobless

Walmart, Apple and others work with administration to help unemployed find work

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President Barack Obama announced Friday that his administration is partnering with major American corporations like Apple and Walmart to help long-term unemployed workers find jobs.

“Because they’ve been unemployed so long, folks are looking at that gap in the resume and they’re weeding them out before these folks even get a chance for an interview,” Obama told CNN in an interview that aired Friday.

“What we have done is to gather together 300 companies, just to start with, including, some of the top 50 companies in the country, companies like Walmart, and Apple, Ford and others, to say let’s establish best practices,” Obama said. “Do not screen people out of the hiring process just because they’ve been out of work for a long time.”

The move is part of an effort by the administration, signaled during this week’s State of the Union address, to move on issues like unemployment and the minimum wage through executive action where possible and work around an often gridlocked Congress.

“As I said at the State of the Union, I can’t wait,” Obama said. “And the American people can’t wait.”

5 comments
reallife
reallife

Walmart? do you mean Obama is working with Satan?



RicardoRivera
RicardoRivera

Plus people focused on this while billions to trillions of dollars over time of taxpayer money goes to the top% which will make the amount for the unemployment extension seem small compared to the unfair tax code policies and distribution of free money  to those who already hold a choke hold on the country. I didn't know you could get rich off unemployment benefits but you sure as hell can get richer with the unfair tax code! Priorities need to be targeted at the correct location of waste not where the GOP tells you to go. They can't be trusted....

RicardoRivera
RicardoRivera


Why don't republican voters ask the Puppet Speaker of the House about those job bills that would create over 3 million jobs that been sitting on congress desk for years gathering dust! I laugh when the GOP speaks of jobs when their actions show that's the last thing they care about. When are those voter's going to wake up and call their politicians out on their ignorance People wouldn't be needing help if this congress wasn't obstructing.GOP is purposely trying to shove millions of people under the poverty line because, the 12 million they already push back is not enough and people want to focus on helping them which is odd since some of those same people are the ones being attacked by the GOP. Your defending those who suppress you which makes no sense..Democrats are not the only ones feeling the pain when the obstructing and unfair policies are concerned if you think that than they have you right where they want you.

ViableOp
ViableOp

Here is an article that looks at the factor that is making it difficult for unemployed Americans to get jobs:

http://viableopposition.blogspot.ca/2014/01/job-openings-and-americas-competitive.html

Relatively low levels of job openings and a large number of officially unemployed plus the potential addition of millions of workers to the labor pool will make the job market extremely competitive, even if the economic expansion strengthens and the number of job openings increase.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

This is a good idea and a good move on the part of the administration.  Since the Compassionless Conservatives seem to think the long term unemployed are much more content to languish on the government dole something needs to be done to help those who have always helped themselves.  I'm glad to see the administration reaching out to the private sector to help with this chronic issue.