There was a study completed within the last 2 years about the unemployed. There is a deficit of 10.2 million jobs since 2007. Several employer related factors contribute to the inability of unemployed workers to find jobs. One reason is that some employers refuse to hire unemployed people. In fact, the study produced a figure of 82% of employers who discriminate against the unemployed. A second factor is background checks. http://www.nelp.org/page/-/UI/2011/Owens_Testimony_Barriers_Unemplo... It is reported that background checks are only 90% accurate in their findings. http://www.nelp.org/index.php/content/content_issues/category/crimi... Potentially, millions of Americans are losing jobs due to inaccurate background checks. Credit checks rule out a vast number of people as well.
Instead of looking for ways to get people hired, maybe we need to look at hiring practices of American businesses and decide whether they are fair. We raise flags every time there is discrimination based on race or age, but where are the flags for companies that won't hire unemployed workers or those with bad credit checks. The NELP is currently fighting this type of discrimination, but there obviously needs to be more done. It is evident in the 82% of employers that won't hire the unemployed and the unwillingness to hire people with a bad credit history or minor infractions on their background checks.
I don't believe in Federal regulations to correct this injustice or support some of the Federal programs to raise minimum wage and provide training, but I would encourage those job seekers who are in these classes to make their voice heard. Write your congressman. We are not going to solve the high unemployment rates by focusing only on potential hires.