"As a first order of business, Congress should quickly approve a long-term renewal of federal unemployment insurance," said Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project, in a statement today.
She also emphasized the need to retrain workers who need additional skills in order to work again. "We also need effective, targeted responses like education and training opportunities to give jobseekers the tools to rejoin the workforce and contribute at their fullest potential," says Owens. Given Congress' recent track record for agreement, particularly on economic issues, the prospects look bleak.
- Read "The Ballot," U.S. News' blog about 2012 presidential politics.
- See how much the jobs report benefits President Obama.
- New Economic Data Points to Hope in 2012
An earlier version of this article [0106longterm] misspelled Scot Melland's name.