Today, more than 12 million Americans are unemployed and actively seeking work. For veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan the situation is even more dire, with an unemployment rate nearly 40 percent higher than that of the general population.
However, employers are seeking to fill more than 3.5 million job openings. How do we bridge the divide and provide unemployed workers with the skills and competencies these opportunities require? How can industry collaborate with government to fill the gap when federal resources for job training programs have declined by 18 percent since 2006? And as we prepare to celebrate national service on Memorial Day, how can we ease the transition of veterans back into the civilian workforce?
BPC examined these issues and more with leaders from the public and private sectors.