Obama announced earlier this week that he will continue his efforts to provide job creation and unemployment assistance to those who have lost their jobs due to the economic downturn over the last few years.
In his latest budget proposal, the Universal Displaced Worker Program would provide a uniform, national assistance program for “displaced workers” across the country. The resources mentioned in the program include access to job placement services and even a $4,000 grant to the unemployed workers to help fund new career training.
The Obama administration defines “displaced workers” as those “who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, but because their employer closed a plant or division; moved or abolished their position; or simply had insufficient work for them to do.”
The Universal Displaced Worker Program strives to help the unemployed by providing readily available resources, including, but not limited to:
- Job Placement Services
- Wage Insurance for Older Workers
- Universal Access to Job-Coaching Centers
- $4,000 Assistance for Career Training
“Americans looking for work shouldn’t have to go through a complex administrative process or navigate multiple websites just to figure out how to get the services and training they need,” President Obama said on Monday. “It’s time to modernize the system. Anyone who has lost a job, no matter what the circumstances, deserves the same support to get back on their feet – and today’s announcement will help make sure they get it.”
Obama’s plan also calls for the creation of the American Job Center Network, which would strive to unify federally-supported career centers and provide the unemployed with online resources and phone numbers.
Officials say the program would be paid for by combining current spending on employment services with an additional $28 billion over a 10 year period.