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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 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, albeit not an insurmountable one, for job seekers. 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)



HR Can Boost Workers' Skills Under New Job Training Law
In addition to giving young people job-ready skills, the new federal law revamping workforce training programs will help businesses enhance the knowledge of existing employees.
Jobs Training Bill Now Law        
A jobs training bill designed to untangling a complex web of federal workforce training programs and help unemployed U.S. workers get the skills they need to find jobs was signed into law by President Barack Obama on July 22, 2014.

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

Unemployment's Long-Term Problem

Obama Urges Employers to Hire 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


Unemployment rate in 
 April 2015
Jobs Created


Jobs created in 
 April 2015
Job Openings

5.0 million

Job openings in 
 March 2015

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


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

Employment Expectations -1.8

Recruiting Difficulty +12.5
New-Hire Compensation +9.8


Read the full report




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 

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




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




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.
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