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Facebook Joins Labor Department in Online Job-Search Project

October 20, 2011

Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Facebook Inc., the world’s largest social network, and the U.S. Labor Department will start an effort today aimed at helping the unemployed find jobs.

The initiative, called the Social Jobs Partnership, will feature a Facebook page with resources for job seekers and employers at www.facebook.com/socialjobs. The company also will study how job seekers and recruiters use social media, and develop a way for job postings to be delivered free using Facebook.

“Facebook is about connecting people so that they can share what’s important to them, and that is the driving force behind the Social Jobs Partnership,” Marne Levine, vice president of global public policy at Facebook, said in a statement distributed ahead of the announcement in Washington.

The Labor Department partnership with Facebook seeks to help lower U.S. unemployment, which has remained at 9 percent or higher since April. President Barack Obama’s administration has been struggling to create jobs and cut unemployment.

“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,” Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis said in the statement.

Facebook last month said the social network would work with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s biggest business lobbying group, and the National Federation of Independent Business to help small companies expand and advertise more effectively.

--Editors: Michael Shepard, Steve Geimann

To contact the reporter on this story: Juliann Francis in Washington at jfrancis31@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Shepard at mshepard7@bloomberg.net


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