Long-term jobless are defined as those who have been unemployed for over six months, but are still seeking work. Today, in America, that number stands at 3. million and does not include those no longer seeking work.
There are many reasons for why there is long-term jobless. Often potential employers are turned off by people that have been out of work for such a long time. Also, a person may have been employed in a field of work for a long period of time and there job skills no longer match up with
President Obama has enlisted some of the Chief Executive Officers (CEO's) at the biggest companies in the country to help with this job issue. Hosting 300 lead corporate executives for a gathering at the White House on Friday, the President got them to pledge toward ending hiring practices that discriminate against these long-term unemployed workers.
In addition to the pledge from corporate CEO's, a signed Presidential memo directs federal agencies to do the same. The government will no longer discriminate against the long-term jobless when it come to hiring.
The Obama administration will also direct $150 million in grants towards partnerships that mentor, retrain, and place the long-term unemployed into positions.