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The White House Tried Something Old. Americans Shouldn’t Buy It.
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The White House Tried Something Old. Americans Shouldn’t Buy It.

Authors Livia Lam and Thomas Showalter explain how, in light of high unemployment and a collapsing economy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever that the federal government establish workforce commitments between labor and business to create quality jobs.

In introducing her father at the Republican National Convention last week, Ivanka Trump cast the administration as having met its pledge to support American workers. In fact, she recently launched “Find Something New,” a new career navigator aimed to help jobless workers look up “no-college-required” job postings.

Since then, the economy has continued to collapse as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic: GDP has taken its worst plunge ever, unemployment rates have stayed put in the double digits, and the 31 million workers either receiving unemployment benefits or having applied for them, have lost the extra $600 per month in jobless aid. And there are only about 6 million jobs open right now.

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Livia Lam

Senior Fellow; Director, Workforce Development

Thomas Showalter