Jobs & The Economy: Putting America Back to Work

“It is our generation’s task, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth —
a rising, thriving middle class,”

— President Barack Obama

Jobs & The Economy: Putting America Back to Work

Resources for Jobs

Linking American job seekers with the resources they need to get back to work is a top priority of the Obama administration and the Department of Labor. These online resources can help you learn more about career options, opportunities in your area and available training and services.

One Stop Career Centers

One-Stop Career Centers are designed to provide a full range of assistance to job seekers under one roof. Established under the Workforce Investment Act, the centers offer training referrals, career counseling, job listings, and similar employment-related services. You can visit a center in person or connect to the information online. Services include:

  • America’s Service Locator connects you to employment and training opportunities. The site provides contact information for a range of local work-related services, including unemployment benefits, career development, and educational opportunities.

  • America’s Career InfoNet helps you explore career opportunities to make informed employment and education choices. The site features user-friendly occupation and industry information, salary data, career videos, education resources, self-assessment tools, career exploration assistance and other resources that support talent development in today's fast-paced global marketplace.

  • mySkills myFuture helps laid-off workers and other career changers find new occupations to explore. You can identify occupations that require skills and knowledge similar to your current or previous job, learn more about these suggested matches, locate local training programs, and/or apply for jobs.

  • Worker ReEmployment provides employment, training,and financial assistance for laid-off workers. Includes resources for getting immediate help with unemployment insurance, healthcare, and other financial needs; job searching and resume tips; changing careers and understanding transferable skills and upgrading skills through education and training.

  • Key to Career Success provides career information and links to work-related services that help veterans and military service members successfully transition to civilian careers.

  • Competency Model Clearinghouse provides the business community with a means to communicate its skill needs to educators and the workforce system in a common industry-driven framework. The models and other competency-based resources support development of curriculum and increased awareness of careers in high-growth industries.

USA Jobs Search Tool

USAJOBS is the U.S. Government’s official one-stop source for federal, state or local government jobs. It provides information for those searching specifically for applications, summer jobs and state job banks. You can search for jobs by keyword and location. Search here:

My Next Move

My Next Move is an interactive tool created for the US Department of Labor that helps job seekers and students learn more about career options. The site has tasks, skills, salary information and more for over 900 different careers. You can find careers through keyword search; by browsing industries or through the O*NET Interest Profiler, a tool that offers personalized career suggestions based on your interests and level of work experience.