Obama asks CEOs for help hiring long-term jobless

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is asking CEOs from major corporations for help in putting the long-term unemployed back to work.

Long-term joblessness in the U.S. remains a major problem even as the overall unemployment rate goes down. The concern is that the longer someone is out of a job, the harder it gets to find a new one.

Obama is bringing to the White House CEOs who have committed to making sure their hiring practices don't discriminate against long-term job-seekers. That includes doing away with candidate-screening methods that disqualify applicants based on their employment status.

The White House says more than 300 companies have signed on so far.

Obama also plans to sign a presidential memorandum Friday directing the federal government to take the same steps in its own hiring practices.

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