Tackling the issue of long-term unemployment is currently on the nation’s mind. The White House awarded almost $170 million earlier this week in “Ready to Work Partnership” grants that are designed to prepare long-term unemployed individuals for attaining jobs. Where the Jobs Are, part one of a four-part series by USA Today, illuminates the importance of widening the career pipeline in order to fill the significant and growing demand for middle-skill workers.
At the forefront of the national movement to take on long-term unemployment is Business Leaders United (BLU) Executive Committee member Erick Ajax, a model employer for recognizing America’s untapped talent pool. Erick recently participated in a small roundtable conversation with Vice President Biden and U.S. Labor Secretary Perez to discuss ways U.S. companies can support the hiring of long-term unemployed individuals.