The President’s Plan To Improve Workers’ Skills
Career College Central summary:
The day after the release of a disappointing jobs report, President Obama said an obstacle to job creation is that would-be workers lack the skills that businesses need, and he previewed his plans to address that gap. “Working folks are looking for the kind of stable, secure jobs that went overseas in the past couple decades,” he said in his Saturday address. ”So next week, I’ll join companies and colleges and take action to boost the high-tech manufacturing that attracts the kind of good new jobs a growing middle class requires.”
“Business owners are ready to play their part and hire more workers. So next week, I’ll be joined by college presidents as we lay out specific steps we can take to help more workers earn the skills they need for today’s new jobs. Later this month I’ll host CEOs at the White House to announce commitments we’re making to put more of the long-term unemployed back to work.”
In the meantime, though, the president urged Congress to extend unemployment insurance, which he called a “vital economic lifeline. Republicans in Congress just let that lifeline expire for 1.3 million Americans… Earlier this week, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate took the first steps toward making this right. But Congress needs to finish the job right away.” Obama said that beneficiaries, should, in return, be required to “prove they’re actively looking for work.”
Obama highlighted a positive stat from Friday’s report–the U.S. unemployment rate is lower than it’s been in five years–and he got in a shout-out for his signature health care law.
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