Biden To Lead Job-Training Effort

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  • Vice President Biden's latest marching orders are to help Americans get the skills they need for good, in-demand jobs. President Obama announced the plan during Tuesday night's State of the Union Address. On Thursday, he signed an order for an "across-the-board" review, to be led by Biden, of how to reform federal training programs to help make them more job-driven.
  • "We've got a lot of programs, but not all of them are doing what they should be doing to get people (trained) for jobs that exist right now," Obama said Thursday while promoting his agenda at a General Electric facility in Waukesha, Wis. "And we've got to move away from what my Labor secretary, Tom Perez, calls "train and pray" — you train workers first and then you hope they get a job."
  • More than 10 million Americans are jobless, but about 4 million jobs were unfilled at the end of November, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many economists and industry experts attribute the disparity to a gap between workers' skills and the skills employers need.
  • Republicans, including former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, decry what they say is the duplication in federal jobs programs, citing a 2011 Government Accountability Office report that found 47 overlapping programs in 2009. But the programs have bigger problems, including shrinking funds, a lack of rigorous evaluation of what works, and student grants that don't involve job training, said Harry Holzer, a Georgetown University public policy professor and former chief economist for the Labor Department.

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