U.S. Labor Secretary Will Announce Jobs Initiative On Facebook

With President Barack Obama on a bus tour touting his jobs plan this week, Facebook will join a top Obama administration official tomorrow to discuss how a new partnership can help Americans get back to work.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis will host a press conference announcing a new resource that is designed to help Americans find jobs. She will be joined by:

  • Marne Levine, vice president of global public policy at Facebook;
  • Marilyn Mackes, executive director of the National Association of Colleges and Employers;
  • Bonnie Elsey, president of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, and
  • Bill Warren, executive director of the Direct Employers Association.

The event will be livestreamed on Facebook starting at 10 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. To RSVP or pose a question in advance, visit the Facebook D.C. page.

This isn’t the first time that Facebook has waded into the debate over how to get the economy — and the job market — growing again.

President Obama met with top Silicon Valley leaders earlier this year, including Facebook’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, with the sole purpose of discussing job creation and economic stimuli.

And congressional leaders from both major parties have taken to Facebook in the past year, to hold town halls and answer constituent questions about a range of issues, including concerns over the job market and economy.

According to the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business, Facebook has already helped create at least 182,000 jobs this year, adding almost $12.2 billion in wages and benefits to the economy.

What do you think of the latest effort to involve Facebook in job creation?

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