As coronavirus shutdowns rolled across the country, tens of millions of people lost their jobs or were put on temporary furlough by April. Now, three months later, employers have now hired or called back about 9 million of those workers, but 16.3 million people are still out of work and looking for jobs, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released on Friday.
WorkingNation is always looking at stories addressing how different parts of the country and different states are trying to get unemployed people back in the workforce.
In this The Future of Work post, here are 8 articles taking a look at programs and initiatives in 8 states.
From Wisconsin: Kenosha News reports on Gateway Tech College and industry certifications.
From Mississippi: Clarion Ledger reports on the statewide ReSkill Mississippi initiative.
From Michigan: 9&10 News reports on the new Skills to Work digital hub.
From California: ABC7 reports on the Brother’s Keeper training program offering hands-on construction experience.
From Virginia: Williamsburg Yorktown Daily reports on the Virginia Ready Initiative which offers training for in-demand jobs.
From Kentucky: WYMT reports on the RISE program connecting low-income individuals with resources to find jobs and keep them.
From Wyoming: Casper Star Tribune reports on statewide program to send unemployed or underemployed adults to the state’s university and community colleges to obtain new skills.
From Texas: KWTX reports on Central Texas Workforce Solutions workshops workshops to help people improve their interview skills or their resume as they apply for jobs.
We’ll keep looking, so look for more stories from around the country.