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Certifiably employable

More than 4 and a half million Americans have been without work for more than six months. And recent research points to a vicious cycle: not having a job makes it harder to get one, in part because employers are wary about hiring someone who’s been out of work that long. How can we get them back to work? One answer is better training.

Rick Karr recently visited Seattle to look at a program designed to give the unemployed the skills they need to find jobs in one of the country’s fastest-growing industries.

This week’s coverage:

The new vocational training

Find out about training opportunities in your locale, plus explore the federal government’s new employment site.

Interview Seth Harris

The Acting Secretary of Labor on being the Job Hunter in Chief.

Ask the experts: unemployment

We’ve asked two experts to examine the causes of American unemployment and explain how we might fix some of the issues associated with it.

American Voices: George Wentworth

George Wentworth, a senior staff attorney at the National Employment Law Project, on prejudice against the unemployed.

Explore more from our Help Wanted series:

Modern manufacturing 101

The demand for skilled labor continues to expand but the global workforce has not necessarily caught up.

Ask the experts: skills gap

We’ve asked two experts to talk about the skilled labor gap and issues surrounding the debate.

Manufacturing jobs

Need to Know looks at Alabama’s efforts to train a new generation of shipyard workers to fight unemployment and attract business to the state

Update: Self starters

In most states, jobless benefits are there to cushion the blow while you look for work. But Oregon does something different, using the benefits to encourage people to start their own businesses.

Watch more full episodes of Need to Know.