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.