Workforce development programs ensure individuals receive training, supportive services and reemployment services to help them overcome extensive barriers that are characteristic of long-term unemployment. 

This subject matter expert (SME) webinar series will help you address the unique challenges faced by long-term unemployed (LTU) job seekers desiring to re-enter the labor force.

And, the links in the text below refer you to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data on each type of labor force or job seeker characteristic.  This data comes from the Current Population Survey (CPS).

Barriers the Long-Term Unemployed Face

The long-term unemployed typically face stigma from hiring employers, mounting financial burdens and discouraging situations that are difficult to deal with. 

So, they may need extra assistance to re-enter the labor market, earn comparable wages relative to their pre-unemployment period, and retain stable, full-time employment.

Research also shows that the long-term unemployed job seeker, who may accept temporary, low-wage, low skill or multiple part-time positions to make ends meet, may also have many job changes or periods of unemployment until a good job match is found, and they are no longer underemployed below their productivity or skill level.


H-1B Ready to Work LTU Subject Matter Expert Series

These SME webinars are design to help program coordinators, case managers, training partners, and counselors providing job search, job coaching and reemployment placement strategies.

While this series was developed for H1-B Ready to Work discretionary grants, the best practices and strategies apply to any workforce program.

This webinar series includes the following modules:

  • Breaking Down the Barriers: Helping the Long-Term Unemployed Overcome Obstacles and Secure Jobs
  • Focus on Mental Health
  • How to Motivate the Long-Term Unemployed

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Preventing Discouraged Workers

The risk with long-term unemployment is that a potential segment of workers not in the labor force is unable to be productive, and displaced or dislocated workers without any recent attachment to the labor force may become discouraged.  At the point at which long-term unemployed individuals have given up on finding work, and are no longer seeking employment, then they have dropped out of the labor force.

Not only are they no longer counted in unemployment rates or labor force participation rates any longer, but they also represent lost talent, lost productivity and an opportunity cost to the whole economy.

The worst impact is personal, however.  Individuals need to feel they belong to their community and are valued.  A livelihood provides a feeling of contributing to something bigger than one's self.  Jobs matter.