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  The Herman Trend Alert

October 24, 2000

Outreach to Help New Workers

65 Days until January 1, 2001

In our world, millions of people are gainfully employed. They are happy, proud, productive, and able to provide for their families. Many of today's workers were not so fortunate until relatively recently. They were unable to get jobs, forced to live in relative poverty because they lacked a way to earn money.

The labor shortage in the United States, and now around the world, has been a blessing to people who really want to work, but simply lacked opportunity. Employers are discovering this great population of disadvantaged people who are interested in jobs, in training, in opportunities to create a bountiful future for themselves. Recruiters are reaching out for these workers of great potential, looking past their current circumstances to envision the possibilities of workers' futures.

Public and private programs support efforts to employ those who have been disenfranchised. Government backing includes establishing connections between eligible people and employers, training and development, and funding of approaches to make the system work better. The proposed Fiscal Year 2001 budget of the US government includes $75 million to help move ex-offenders into jobs. Research has shown that the best way to keep ex-offenders out of trouble is to insure that they have decent jobs-and there are plenty of jobs to be filled. More than 500,000 people were released from prison last year, available to work and become productive members of society.

The Federal Transit Administration sponsors a program designed to provide transportation assistance to welfare recipients and low income workers in commuting to work. Information about this program is available at

Low income women receive a special kind of help from an international nonprofit organization called Dress for Success®. Consider this Catch-22: If a woman doesn't have a job, she can't afford career-oriented clothes--but without the right clothes, she can't get the job. Dress for Success® distributes interview suits to these women, giving them a boost over one more hurdle on their way to success. For more information, including a location list, visit

With support, a significant part of our population will become more productive.

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