'Platform to Employment' project offers hope to long-term jobless

  • Article by: NEAL ST. ANTHONY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 30, 2013 - 5:21 PM

A national workforce council is behind a local program to give veterans and older workers realistic shots at employment.

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herby2013Sep. 30, 13 9:31 AM

I feel sorry for these people, but feel sorry most of all for the youth that have a 25% unemployment rate. No government workforce council is going to be of help. 77% of all jobs created during 2013 have been part-time and low-paying. The economy is shedding full-time jobs and replacing them with part-time jobs. All of this was predicted back in 2009 as Obamacare was debated and it has come true as simple logic indicated it would. And now even the unions which supported Obamacare and Obama are admitting that Obama is destroying the 40-hour workweek. From July 2013: "Representatives of three of the nation's largest unions fired off a letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, warning that Obamacare would 'shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.'" Source: "Labor Unions: Obamacare Will 'Shatter' Our Health Benefits, Cause 'Nightmare Scenarios'", Forbes.com, July 15, 2013. The TRUTH is the economy is getting WORSE, not better. The media had a vested interest in getting Obama elected for a second term so all you heard leading up to the election was lies about how the economy was recovering when it was not. Middle class incomes fell more after the recession ended in 2009 than during it! The "rich" are getting richer because the Federal Reserve is printing a trillion dollars a year to artificially inflate the stock market and every time the Fed announces it may taper down its program the stock market falls. One man and one political party are responsible for the destruction of our economy and the adding of tens of millions of people to the welfare rolls: Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. How many people getting free cell phones and free cash and food and health insurance are going to vote to reduce their freebies? None.

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mauianSep. 30, 13 6:22 PM

Lets see: Siemens cuts 15,000 jobs. 47 % of all US jobs at risk of being automated in the next 20 years. The profits in this country now come from fraud and deceit. JP Morgan and other banksters ripping off anyone and everyone. Blackberry buys a corporate jet in July then lays off massive amounts of staff. The average American family pays $6,000 annually to subsidize big business at the exact same time big businesses are cutting employees, health care, etc. Obamacare has employers dropping hours, but don't worry folks, these people will get you a part time seasonal job at WalMart. Oh yeah......I almost forgot Obama says his top priority is jobs. Guess he meant gutting them.

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