More job training needed for unemployed


As the month of May came to an end, Main Street was buzzing with predictions about the next month's unemployment numbers. Finally that day came, and on June 2 I checked out the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Web site and it was no surprise that unemployment had increased to 9.5%.

However, I was shocked when I viewed the historical chart from 1999 to present. The peak that started from 2008 provides little hope of improvement. Therefore, I decided to zero in on the issue of unemployment in America.

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) was last reauthorized in 1998 by President Clinton. The act provides and sponsors job training and other programs including summer youth for the unemployed. The WIA still stands, but it expired in 2003. According to Certification Magazine, re-authorization of the WIA will allow the government to modernize the act.