|Roger Runningen and Mike Dorning|
The administration and the companies will “establish best practices” so that they don’t “screen people out of the hiring process just because they’ve been out of work for a long time,” Obama said in an interview on CNN.
More than 300 companies, including 80 of the nation’s largest businesses, have signed a
Obama also is ordering federal agencies to end hiring practices that put the long-term unemployed at a disadvantage. Top corporations also embracing the program include
The plan was announced in Obama’s
4 MILLIONWhile the national unemployment rate has declined to 6.7%, almost 4 million people have been out of work for more than six months, three times the pre-recession average. Among the executives meeting in
Long-term unemployed individuals currently make up 37.7% of the jobless, according to the report. It’s down from 46% in 2010, yet remains higher than the pre-recession peak of 26% in 1983. As of
ADVERTISING, SCREENING Companies have committed to “best practices” to reduce number of long-term unemployed. Those principles include ensuring that job advertisements don’t discriminate and that screening doesn’t disadvantage people because they’ve been out of the workforce for a lengthy period.
Other practices include reviewing recruiting programs so that they cast a wide net to improve job prospects, and sharing ideas between companies and within organizations.
“We are trying to address what we feel is the heart of the negative cycle, which is the potential stigmatization of people merely for the sake that they are long-term unemployed,”
Sperling cited a 2013 study by researchers at the
As part of his vow to bypass a politically divided
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