Former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s campaign against poverty in poor countries is making room this year for programs to aid unemployed Americans.
The Clinton Global Initiative, a forum to connect corporate donors with non-profit groups, will “try to spend more time on the domestic needs,” Clinton said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” yesterday. With the nation’s unemployment rate at 9.6 percent, U.S. workers need help “with both jobs and with training,” he said.
The “biggest problem” that stands in the way of boosting employment is a “skills mismatch” in the U.S. economy, Clinton said. This means “the jobs that are being opened don’t have qualified people applying for them,” he said. If job-specific training were provided to 5 million unemployed workers, the jobless rate would fall to around 7 percent, Clinton said.