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Friday, January 31, 2014

President Obama Asks Companies To Help With Long-Term Unemployed

U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with a group of CEOs and other leaders supporting best practices for hiring the long-term unemployed at the White House in Washington, DC, January 31, 2014. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with a group of CEOs and other leaders supporting best practices for hiring the long-term unemployed at the White House in Washington, DC, January 31, 2014. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama is asking major corporations, such as Walmart and Apple, to make sure their hiring practices don’t discriminate against the long-term unemployed. People in that group find it hard to get a job because employers see they haven’t had a job for months and push their resumes aside.

The president met with representatives from several companies today to try to get them to pledge to change that. ABC News political director Rick Klein joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss the president’s effort and how much of a difference the White House thinks it will make.

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