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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were approximately 8.6 million STEM jobs in May 2015, with the highest jobs in software development, user support, and systems analysts. Despite the high number of jobs, the lack of skilled workers in the labor force allow these positions to go unfilled. To make matters worse, the existing STEM workforce lacks diversity among women and minorities, not representing the emerging workforce of women and underrepresented groups.
On June 11, U.S. Chamber Foundation launched America Working Forward: Hidden Workforce, a new project exploring employer-led programs that give inmates and ex-offenders training and support as they re-enter the workforce and hosted America Working Forward Live, an event featuring business leaders, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs building pathways for inmates and ex-offenders to join the workforce.