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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.

In 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."

Workforce Readiness News

DOL Career Centers Need to Market to Employers, SHRM Says
The Department of Labor should improve its marketing outreach for its One-Stop Career Centers designed to connect employers and job seekers at the local level, according to the Society for Human Resource Management.

Apprenticeship Programs Gain Little Traction in U.S.
Apprenticeships, a staple of educational systems across Europe, are lagging in the U.S. Some business, education and government leaders in this country are trying to change that, but many acknowledge that they face a tough challenge.

DOL Proposes Rules Addressing the Workforce Skills Gap
Proposed regulations implementing the sweeping Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), were announced April 16, 2015, by the departments of Education and Labor.

Video Interviews Help Address Long-Term Unemployment
HR and hiring managers began using video interviewing to simplify the hiring process and increase access to a wider range of talent, but some companies have found that the technology can also help address one of the country’s most vexing problems: long-term unemployment.

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.

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.

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

The SHRM Leading Indicators of National Employment® (LINE®) Monthly Report

January 2017 OverviewManufacturingServices
Employment Expectations: In January, the hiring rate will rise both sectors compared with a year ago.

Recruiting Difficulty: In December, recruiting difficulty dropped in manufacturing and rose in services compared with a year ago.

New-Hire Compensation: In December, the index for new-hire compensation fell in both sectors compared with a year ago.

SOURCE: January 2017 SHRM LINE Report

Job Market at a Glance

Jobs Created Unemployment Rate Job Openings


Jobs created in December 2016


Unemployment rate in December 2016

5.5 million

Job openings in November 2016

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


The New Talent Landscape: Recruiting Difficulty and Skills Shortages

This report examines recruiting difficulty and skills shortages in the United States as well as recruiting and training strate​​gies organizations use to address thes​e challenges.

SHRM Research Overview: Workforce Readiness and Skills Shortages

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