Solon proposes national skills training program for unemployed, ex-inmates

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 17) – A lawmaker has filed a bill seeking to provide 200 hours of free skills training for everyone, including displaced workers and those who were formerly imprisoned.

Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, filed House Bill No. 7671 or “The 21st Century Skills Act”.

Under the proposed measure, a National Skills Development Program will be established to “provide universal access to annual training programs.” It will focus on job training for emerging or resilient industries.

“This will help modernize our outlook on labor from merely protecting jobs with mere regulation, notwithstanding trends in the economy that could render such jobs useless, to protecting workers by making them ready for the ever-changing jobs of the 21st century,” it says.

The bill states that Filipinos above 15 years old are entitled to a Skills Development Account (SDA). Aside from

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There aren’t enough jobs for America’s unemployed

The number of unemployed Americans vastly outnumbers the number of open jobs in every single state.

Why it matters: Even though we’ve come back from the worst unemployment numbers, the pandemic’s economic toll keeps turning furloughs into job losses — and pushing millions of people out of the workforce entirely.

By the numbers: In every state, job postings are way down compared with 2019 levels, according to data from Indeed’s Hiring Lab that was provided to Axios.

  • In several states with job-magnet cities — like New York, California, Illinois and Massachusetts — postings are down close to 30%. “This is more a big-city recession than a rural one,” says Jed Kolko, Indeed’s chief economist.
  • Some places, like West Virginia, Mississippi and Alabama, recovered but have started to dip again.
  • The outliers: The outlook in Hawaii and D.C., both of which rely on domestic and international tourism, is especially bleak, with
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