Job numbers show recovery still needed

April 18, 2013

Rachel Unruh, associate director for National Skills Coalition, said the “job report is discouraging. Many men and women looking for work have given up hope in finding a job. However, we could get many more people back into the workforce if we invested in the skills of our workers. Unfortunately, Congress has not made workers a priority and instead has disinvested in programs that help get people back to work.

She continued, “Over the past three years, Congress has cut funding for employment and training programs by more than $1 billion, forcing programs to scale back … services. To make matters worse, the sequester that went into effect last month will further cut workforce programs and services by over $450 million this year, resulting in nearly two million fewer workers getting the training and support they need.