Robust investments in workforce development and training can help prepare workers to access good jobs with family-sustaining wages and benefits once it is safe to return to work.
Congress has already missed the deadline to extend the weekly $600 emergency unemployment insurance payments to support displaced workers and families who can’t afford to wait any longer.
Yet Congress has stalled nearly four months since enacting the last stimulus package, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Subsidized employment programs provide immediate economic support through work, while also improving workers’ long-term employability by increasing their skills, work experience, and professional networks.
Workers and jobseekers who faced workforce challenges before the pandemic are being further economically marginalized by the pandemic.