To provide subsidized employment for unemployed, low-income adults, provide summer employment and year-round employment opportunities for low-income youth, and carry out work-related and educational strategies and activities of... Read More


This bill was introduced on Nov 15, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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Pathways Back to Work would support employment and job training opportunities for the long-term unemployed and low-income adults and youth, who are at great risk of being left behind as the economy recovers from the Great Recession. Investing in such strategies is critical and timely. Nearly two out of five unemployed workers have been jobless for six months or more, and studies show that workers who have been unemployed for long periods find it increasingly difficult to secure employment. Individuals with low education and skill levels continue to experience unemployment rates that are significantly higher than those of more educated workers. Youth and young adults continue to face the worst jobs prospects since the Great Depression, with little progress since our recent recession ended. Today, one in four African Americans between ages 18 and 24 is looking for a job, but cannot find one, as are more than one in seven Hispanic young adults. Meanwhile, 6.7 million youth are neither employed nor in school. Without targeted efforts to connect unemployed youth to jobs, paid work experience, education, and training, youth and young adults will likely spend the better part of a decade with few opportunities to work, gain skills, or earn family sustaining wages. These trends carry long-term consequences not only for these workers and their families, but for our country’s long-term economic growth and competitiveness. Of the total $5 billion under the Pathways Back to Work Fund, $2 billion would be available for subsidized employment programs that are patterned on the successful Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Fund that created 260,000 jobs in 2009 and 2010. Governors would have the option of administering the program through TANF agencies or local workforce boards under the Workforce Investment Act or a combination of the two. The Fund includes $1.5 billion in funding for summer and year-round employment opportunities for disadvantaged youth. A similar round of funding provided in 2009 led to paid work experience and training for nearly 360,000 young people. The bill would encourage local workforce boards to create employment opportunities in emerging or in-demand occupations and to provide year-round youth participants with education and training leading to industry-recognized credentials. The Fund also establishes a $1.5 billion competitive grant program for a range of promising and research-based work and learning opportunities that help low-skilled adults and youth obtain education and training leading to jobs and credentials. Local grantees would apply for and receive funding to carry out: On-the-job training and registered apprenticeships; Sector-based training programs that meet the needs of groups of employers; Strategies that lead to industry-recognized credentials in growing fields; Direct work experience along with supportive services; or Adult basic education services or integrated education and training models that allow students to acquire basic skills and postsecondary credentials.

America's long-term unemployed, including unemployment insurance exhaustees and youth who have never qualified for unemployment benefits, need real aid and good jobs now. 3 years ago

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Users Supporting

I support H.R. 3425: Pathways Back to Work Act of 2011 because my husband wants to work, but can't find a job. He's already faced two years of unemployment, followed by a year and a half of odd and low-paying jobs, followed by an additional six months of unemployment. The un- and underemployed need this country to invest in them. They desperately want to work, but need additional training and support to reenter the workforce. We have put off having a family, buying a home, and everything else because he's been unable to find reliable work at a living wage.

2 years ago

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Bill Summary

To provide subsidized employment for unemployed, low-income adults, provide summer employment and year-round employment opportunities for low-income youth, and carry out work-related and educational strategies and activities of demonstrated effectiveness, and for other purposes.

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