Americans searching for good middle-class jobs struggle with a paradox: despite plenty of information available about the labor market, it can be challenging to get simple, useful answers to questions such as:
To help job seekers, employers, and local policy makers better navigate labor market information, the Vice President and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) are issuing a call-to-action to improve the tools and services for Americans to more seamlessly access and navigate the job market.
So, on June 25th, 2014, more than 65 public and private sector innovators came together at the White House for the 21st Century Jobs Data Jam, a day-long workshop convened by the Office of the Vice President, OSTP, and the Departments of Labor and Commerce.
During the morning session, Vice President Joe Biden joined the technology leaders, design and user experience experts, and leading policymakers to challenge them to think about these problem at person-by-person level: how do we help real people find real jobs.
Joined by Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, the Vice President highlighted the promise of user-friendly tools being able to better help job seekers navigate the complex, and often overwhelming, choices they face as they try to make major decisions about their careers.
Inspired by the brainstorming and the fueled by open government data resources, participants committed to take action right away to develop new or expanded websites, products, or tools for job seekers. Participant commitments included:
The challenge to build innovative tools and services, for potential demonstration, is open to everyone. Information about the data sets presented at the Data Jam is available here. Want to get involved? Email us at Skills@ovp.eop.gov.
Lynn Overmann is Senior Advisor to the United States Chief Technology Officer and Marc Aidinoff is Assistant Director for Policy in the Office of the Vice President