As Unemployment Rises, U.S. Chamber Leads Effort to Connect Job Seekers with Career Resources

August 6, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - With the unemployment rate approaching 10%, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) has galvanized the business community for a national economic recovery campaign called "Together For Recovery" (TFR). TFR features more than 250 resources to help individuals find a job, make their mortgage payment, and access healthcare assistance, including a timely partnership with IBM's Jobs4Recovery.

"A lot of Americans are facing real economic problems and businesses are ready to be part of the solution," said Stephen Jordan, executive director of BCLC. "Jobs4Recovery is an example of how civic-minded businesses are using their assets and talents to make a difference, even in this difficult time."

More than 41,000 pages of jobs are currently available in the Jobs4Recovery database.

The U.S. Chamber's TFR initiative also features resources for small businesses to start-up, stay-up, and grow-up, with various small business toolkits featured in the Business Knowledge Center. Additionally, individuals who need immediate help can use TFR to access the United Way AIRS's 2-1-1 service, and those who wish to volunteer and help a neighbor in need can use TFR to access the Points of Light Institute HandsOn Network's volunteerism capabilities.

"Americans want to know where they can turn for help," Jordan said. "Together For Recovery is designed to be a starting point for helping people and businesses help themselves."

The U.S. Chamber's BCLC is a resource and voice for businesses and their social and philanthropic interests. Together for Recovery is an initiative of BCLC's Corporate Community Investment working group and is supported by Allstate, GlaxoSmithKline, and Office Depot Foundation.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.

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