WASHINGTON — A recent House proposal to cut funding for programs providing critical job training to unemployed and underemployed workers is highly counterproductive during this time of persistently high unemployment, CLASP, the Center for Law and Social Policy, said recently.

Investment in job training works. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than two-thirds of adults and three-quarters of dislocated workers who completed training programs during 2008-2009 landed jobs in what was arguably the most difficult job market in decades.

At the same time, the House-passed Continuing Resolution includes drastic cuts to adult, dislocated worker and youth programs under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). These cuts would sharply reduce or eliminate funding for summer jobs for youth, job and training assistance for unemployed and underemployed workers, and support for one-stop career centers.

To read a short summary of the report, go to http://www.clasp.org/issues/pages?type=basic_skills_and_workforce_training&id=0003#ARRA2.  (Author’s note: While persons with disabilities were not specified in the CLASP report, one would deduce that this action would be detrimental for this population as well.

(Contact your local legislators and let them know that cutting job training is wrong! Tell them that investing in job training pays for itself in the long run as chronic, un- and underemployed persons become solid, taxpaying citizens that contribute greatly to the economy. Readers of this blog may also wish to consider contacting APSE – www.apse.org – a leading advocacy organization for persons with disabilities – regarding this matter.)

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