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Obama to host White House summit on long-term unemployed Friday
« on: January 31, 2014, 09:04:56 AM »
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Obama to host White House summit on long-term unemployed Friday

    By Juliet Eilperin
    January 31 at 6:00 am

President Obama will bring business leaders to the White House Friday who have pledged to make a concerted effort to hire the long-term unemployed, part of his ongoing campaign to mobilize action outside of Washington to achieve his policy goals.

More than 300 companies—including 20 of the nation’s 50 largest, such as Apple, Wal-Mart and General Motors—have agreed to reassess their hiring practices at the president’s request to make sure they are not biased against Americans who have been out of work for more than six months.

Gene Sperling, who directs the White House National Economic Council, told reporters in a conference call Thursday that the administration started reaching out to corporate leaders in May and secured specific pledges from companies over the past three to four months.

“This was an area where we should be able to move the needle by talking to companies directly and getting them to examine their business practices,” he said. “The response has been inspiring.”

Several academic studies suggest that the very fact of being unemployed for an extended period of time can reduce one’s chances of getting hired. One recent study showed those who had been unemployed for eight months had a 45 percent lower interview callback rate than those out of work for one month. A separate survey reported those unemployed for seven months need to send an average of 35 resumes to online job postings to receive just one interview, compared to just 10 resumes per interview for those unemployed for only one month.

“We are trying to address the heart of that negative cycle,” Sperling said.

In all other respects, he added, “the long-term unemployed tend to look like the rest of us.” Seventy percent of them are under 50, he noted, and they are “slightly more educated” than the average person who is seeking a job.

Top Obama aides, including Sperling and White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, made a personalized pitch to CEOs at gatherings inside and outside the White House. At one point Sperling e-mailed media titan Rupert Murdoch to ask if he would consider taking the pledge; Sperling said Murdoch e-mailed him back and agreed to scrutinize his companies’ hiring practices. Both News Corp. and 20th Century Fox eventually signed onto the effort.

“We still consider this not a destination, but a launch,” Sperling said. “”I have no question that after tomorrow, there will be more companies that will come to sign up.”

Obama will also announce Friday a $150 million grant competition through the Labor Department to support public-private partnerships geared toward helping prepare and place the long-term unemployed in jobs.

Sperling said he could not estimate how many people the new commitments would affect, but he predicted more people would become employed as a result.

It “will absolutely be a net win for the country. This will not be a zero-sum game,” he said.

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Re: Obama to host White House summit on long-term unemployed Friday
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2014, 09:33:09 AM »
bfd.  More symbolism over substance.


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Re: Obama to host White House summit on long-term unemployed Friday
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2014, 09:34:12 AM »
Maybe he should have tried this 5 years ago. :amen:
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Re: Obama to host White House summit on long-term unemployed Friday
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2014, 09:47:27 AM »
bfd.  More symbolism over substance.

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Re: Obama to host White House summit on long-term unemployed Friday
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2014, 10:00:22 AM »
Maybe he should have tried this 5 years ago. :amen:

He did.  He's supposedly been "laser focused" on jobs since he took office.  Instead he is acting like he just got her, and boy! what a mess he just found.....

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Re: Obama to host White House summit on long-term unemployed Friday
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2014, 12:03:33 PM »
Is this related to ValJar urging employers to hire (with the implied "or else")?
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White House to a few big companies: sign a ‘pledge’ to hire unemployed people
2:24 PM 01/27/2014
Patrick Howley


One of President Barack Obama’s top White House advisers is urging top corporate executives to sign a “pledge” not to discriminate against hiring the long-term unemployed.

The gambit comes in the wake of a miserable December jobs report, which showed that the U.S. economy added only 74,000 people to the employment rolls.

Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett reportedly contacted chief executives from companies including Bank of America to sign a “pledge” stating that they ”are committed to inclusive hiring practices and pledge to remove barriers” for the long-term unemployed. ...
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Re: Obama to host White House summit on long-term unemployed Friday
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2014, 01:52:25 PM »
He did.  He's supposedly been "laser focused" on jobs since he took office.  Instead he is acting like he just got her, and boy! what a mess he just found.....

 :smokin:

He did claim you always get a mess following a sitting president.  Maybe for that reason he considers what he did 5 years ago as from "another president" who didn't get it correct the first time. :Odance:
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Re: Obama to host White House summit on long-term unemployed Friday
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2014, 03:43:03 PM »
These companies are all being blackmailed for some reason.

BTW something interesting I didn't know - this morning on The Blaze they were discussing the poll about who you trust more in news with MSNBC and NBC being on the bottom of the heap at 3% anbd 6% while Fox is at 35% (more than all the networks in the poll combined)... anyway, Beck pointed out if you watch MSNBC the big corporations from American Airlines, GE, etc., all advertise there - which is big $ and no matter how bad their ratings they will stay in business because of their advertising base. He then pointed out that even though Fox has a higher rating than all the other's combined you NEVER see any of these big companies advertising there - they get Goldline, etc., all the same people advertising on The Blaze.
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Re: Obama to host White House summit on long-term unemployed Friday
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2014, 04:01:31 PM »
These companies are all being blackmailed for some reason.

BTW something interesting I didn't know - this morning on The Blaze they were discussing the poll about who you trust more in news with MSNBC and NBC being on the bottom of the heap at 3% anbd 6% while Fox is at 35% (more than all the networks in the poll combined)... anyway, Beck pointed out if you watch MSNBC the big corporations from American Airlines, GE, etc., all advertise there - which is big $ and no matter how bad their ratings they will stay in business because of their advertising base. He then pointed out that even though Fox has a higher rating than all the other's combined you NEVER see any of these big companies advertising there - they get Goldline, etc., all the same people advertising on The Blaze.

That's not hard to figure out at all! Big multinational corporations such as those you mention are in love with big government because it protects them from real competition in a free marketplace. If they actually had to compete on a level playing field they would not be NEARLY so big!
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Re: Obama to host White House summit on long-term unemployed Friday
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2014, 06:12:04 PM »
bfd.  More symbolism over substance.

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