Facebook and the Department of Labor announced an initiative Thursday that will use the social network to connect employers and job seekers straight from Facebook. Called the Social Jobs Partnership, the site aims to be a one-stop shop for employers and job seekers and also provides resources for education and training programs.
“By leveraging the power of the social Web, this initiative will provide immediate, meaningful and ready-to-use information for job seekers and employers, and a modern platform to better connect them,” Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said in a statement.
The initiative is also the product of partnerships with the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, the National Association of Colleges and Employers and the Direct Employers Association. The page links users to several employment databases.
In a press briefing Thursday morning, Facebook’s vice president of Global Public Policy Marne Levine said that 92 percent of recruiters have recruited or planned to recruit via social networks.
The social network has also partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Businesses to help small businesses connect with consumers online.
Jobless claims declined slightly this past week, according to the latest numbers from the Department of Labor. The unemployment rate remained at 9.1 percent, a figure that hasn’t changed in three months, the Associate Press reported Thursday.