Helping the Long-Term Unemployed Return to the Workforce

New tools for job seekers, employers and community leaders

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, reported that as of September 2014, more than 3 million Americans (of all ages, ethnicities, geographies, industries and education and experience levels) were long-term unemployed — actively seeking work for more than 27 weeks without success. One of the worst legacies of the Great Recession, long-term unemployment is the defining employment challenge of our post-recession economy.

More than 300 leading companies, including Deloitte and 20 members of the Fortune 50, have signed on to the White House's Best Practices for Recruiting and Hiring the Long-Term Unemployed. These companies have committed to addressing this issue not only because it's the "right thing to do," but because it also makes business sense.

"Deloitte is committed to helping tackle the long-term unemployment challenge by providing job seekers, employers and community leaders with resources to connect dedicated workers with open talent needs and strengthen America's workforce," said Jim Moffatt, CEO Deloitte Consulting LLP.

Hiring the long-term unemployed: Providing a significant competitive advantage for businesses and helping to strengthen the U.S. economy

Deloitte and The Rockefeller Foundation — in support of the White House National Economic Council — have collaborated to develop handbooks to expand opportunities for the long-term unemployed. These unique resources — based on interviews with employers, job seekers, and employment-focused organizations across the U.S. — are designed to help job seekers re-tool their job search, empower employers with tools to tap into this talent pool and enable communities to work together to mitigate this economic challenge.

New Guide, New Destinations: A Handbook for Job Seekers to Navigate Out of Long-Term Unemployment

Handbook for job seekers with an employment gap of 27 weeks or longer, which includes:

Recommendations for retooling the job search, including personal stories and lessons learned from the previously long-term unemployed and employersOverview of available resourcesChecklist for finding a job while long-term unemployedInteractive exercises and activities

A Guide to Recruiting and Hiring the Long-Term Unemployed: A Handbook for Employers

Handbook for employers, which includes:

Business case that details the business drivers for hiring long-term unemployedMaturity model to help businesses assess their current state of talent acquisition practices as they relate to hiring long-term unemployedRecommendations to improve talent acquisition processes to improve hiring and retention of long-term unemployedVignettes and case studies from employers about successful practices

Toolkit materials: Access our resources and examples to help your organization implement recommendations and move along the maturity model

For Community Leaders: Engage Your Community: A Local Guide to Addressing the Long-Term Unemployment Challenge

Guide for local communities, which includes:

A 4-step plan to help mobilize support in local communitiesRecommendations to develop a local strategy for addressing long-term unemploymentGuidelines on identifying your local long-term unemployment ecosystemSample action items for each community leader to mitigate long-term unemploymentTalking points on how to advocate for long-term unemployed

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