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Workforce Readiness 

The Society for Human Resource Management believes that government and employers play a role in providing worker training and development opportunities to maintain a skilled labor force. SHRM also is committed to helping HR professionals remove the barriers that may prevent qualified workers from being fully considered for jobs—particularly because of their long-term unemployment status.

 

 LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYMENT: RESOURCES

Long-Term Unemployment Best Practices and Pledge
From the White House (PDF)
Commit to these inclusive hiring best practices and help remove barriers for qualified long-term unemployed job seekers applying to work at your organization.

It's Time to Think Differently about the Long-Term Unemployed
SHRM Press Release
Declaring long-term unemployment a significant challenge to the country’s economic recovery, the Society for Human Resource Management has joined a White House effort to address the problem that affects more than 4 million Americans.

The Long-Term Unemployed: How to Make Sure
You Are Not Overlooking Skilled Talent

Guide for HR
Follow these steps to ensure that recruiting and hiring practices do not intentionally or inadvertently disadvantage individuals from being considered for a job based solely on unemployment status.


How to Effectively Market Yourself for a Job
When You've Been Long-Term Unemployed

Guide for Jobseekers
Having a resume with gaps in work history can pose a challenge for the job seeker. But this challenge is not insurmountable, and SHRM members offer the following advice to help you, as a job seeker, put your best foot forward.

Tips for Jobseekers
Use these tips to craft a great resume, ace the interview and land the job.

Long-Term Share of the Unemployed, by State in 2013
This chart, created by the Economic Policy Institute, shows the share of the unemployed who have been jobless for 27 weeks or more.

Addressing the Negative Cycle of Long-Term Unemployment
Report from the White House (PDF)

 LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYMENT: NEWS

Long-Term Unemployed Find Jobs Through Hope, Perseverance
Through the efforts of groups like Charlotte Works, employers are getting the message, and attitudes about offering opportunities to long-term unemployed workers are improving.

DOL Launches Program for Long-Term Unemployed
Details of a $150 million grant competition to help people experiencing long-term unemployment obtain jobs and training were unveiled by U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez on Feb. 19, 2014.

Unemployment's Long-Term Problem
From a numbers standpoint, the share of the nation’s jobless that has been unemployed longer than 26 weeks is quite substantial.

Obama Urges Employers to Hire Long-Term Unemployed
More than 300 business leaders and elected officials from throughout the nation traveled to the White House on Jan. 31, 2014, to meet with President Barack Obama and discuss ways to expand and improve their efforts to recruit and hire the long-term unemployed.

Invest in Older Workers
HR Magazine 

In California, Lingering Concerns over Exclusion of Unemployed
SHRM Online Legal Issues

N.Y.: Grants Promote Hiring of Long-Term Unemployed
SHRM Online Legal Issues

 Job Market at a Glance

Unemployment Percent

6.7%

Unemployment rate in 
March 2014
Jobs Created

192,000

Jobs created in 
March 2014
Job Openings

4.2 million

Job openings in 
February 2014
The SHRM Leading Indicators of National Employment® (LINE®) Monthly Report

APRIL 2014 MANUFACTURING SERVICES
Employment Expectations +9.0
 
-6.5
Recruiting Difficulty +3.8
+9.8
 
New-Hire Compensation +0.5
+1.3
 

Read the full report

 WORKFORCE READINESS

More than One Way to Close Skills Gap
The oil and gas industry addresses workforce needs through technical, soft-skills training.

Employers, Students Benefit from High School Internships
It's not only high school students who benefits from corporate-sponsored career development activities, such as internships and volunteering; these help companies boost their employment brands and jump-start their recruitment efforts for future talent, according to one new study

House Panel Examines Private-Sector Efforts to Engage STEM Students
The federal government's role in improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, should be limited to supporting private-sector groups and schools to develop effective learning programs and curricula, a panel of witnesses testified during a House Research and Technology Subcommittee hearing. 

Report Sees Promise of 'Hidden' STEM Careers

S.C. SHRM Boosts State’s Workforce Readiness.

SHRM-Atlanta Mobilizes to Aid Youth Programs.

Job-Skills Boot Camp: An Award-Winning Idea

 FROM SHRM'S CEO

Hank Jackson, SHRM president and CEOIn the February 2014 issue of HR Magazine, Hank Jackson, SHRM president and CEO, urges HR professionals to "recognize the human capital potential in the ranks of the long-term unemployed."

 In the News

 Research

Recruiting and Skills Gaps
This research, part of the Ongoing Impact of the Recession series, examines recruiting and skill gaps in U.S. organizations.

 Featured Videos

How JAG Works
Ken Smith, president of Jobs for America's Graduates, discusses key elements of the organization's efforts to help at-risk youth obtain an education and employment.

 SHRM Communities

Connect with other SHRM members and volunteers who are interested in workforce readiness and skills issues.

 Useful Resources