Less help for job seekers as federal funding shrinks

Published: Apr. 9, 2012 at 10:38 AM CDT|Updated: May. 7, 2012 at 10:37 AM CDT
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The 7.6 percent of Alabamians who are out of work and looking for a job may have a more difficult time attaining the training they need to be hired. According to a report in the New York Times, the Federal Government is spending 18% less on job training programs now than it did in 2006, despite the fact that 6 Million more people are looking for work in today's market.

Workers whose resumes are not in line with criteria for current job openings are finding training centers have run out of resources to help them.

A post from March 23, 2012 on the Huntsville Career Center's Facebook page said there were 11,058 job openings on Alabama's JobLink web site, but there were 114,387 resumes on file. The discrepancy between the numbers shows the dire situation for many unemployed Alabamians.

Labor Department statistics show more than 50% of the workforce in Madison County does not have a college degree, which could correlate to a greater need for more workforce training from the under-funded government job centers.

According to the New York Times article, employers said they are now having to take on the cost of training under-qualified employees. The article said the Obama administration is proposing a plan to combine two programs that help unemployed workers that would provide help to a broader range of people, but it is uncertain whether congress will allow the plan to go through given the strain on the budget.

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