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Connecticut Labor Department Launches New Rapid Reemployment Initiative

For immediate release
August 25, 2009

WETHERSFIELD, Aug. 25 – A new web-based Rapid Reemployment Initiative is now available through the Connecticut Department of Labor and is geared to reduce the length of time displaced workers remain unemployed, State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield announced today. 

“Employees from companies that are downsizing are typically displaced through no fault of their own and have transferable skills that are extremely valuable to employers in other occupations and other industries,” Mayfield noted. “Workers have reemployment opportunities even in bad economic times, and this new initiative is designed to benefit displaced workers, as well as employers looking to hire or faced with downsizing.” 

Connecticut and New Jersey recently launched their Rapid Reemployment Initiative. The Rapid Reemployment Initiative adds an employer outplacement data exchange, a career event network for posting job fairs and other related events throughout the country, and résumé builder that offers integrated job search tools to the current National Labor Exchange, (www.jobcentral.com) -- the nationwide online employment service. 

This initiative, powered by JobCentral, is provided through an alliance between the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) and DirectEmployers Association (DEA) free-of-charge to job seekers and employers in all industries.  

According to Commissioner Mayfield, the new service is focused on providing employers and jobseekers with a no-cost, premier nationwide online employment service to help match workers to jobs.   

“The Rapid Reemployment Initiative is designed to connect downsizing employers with those companies that are hiring,“ she noted. “The overall goal is to provide a more effective job search tool for those employees affected by any type of employment loss.”  

According to Commissioner Mayfield, the national résumé database available to jobseekers and employers, ”gives employers the ability to place free job postings through their respective state’s job boards and provides links to powerful career tools and state workforce services. This newest system builds upon – and improves – these capabilities.” 

Efforts to develop the Rapid Reemployment Initiative first began last fall following a JobCentral National Labor Exchange (NLX) Operations Committee Meeting that dealt with reemployment initiatives.  Connecticut is one of six states represented on the NLX committee.  Soon after that meeting, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York approached NASWA, seeking assistance for workers affected by the crises in the financial sector. At the same time, several employer members approached DirectEmployers Association regarding the need for support in the current economic environment.  

“Despite the current recession, approximately three million job openings exist in the economy right now,” notes NASWA Executive Director Richard A. Hobbie. “The Rapid Reemployment Initiative recommits the National Labor Exchange, the flagship service of our public-private alliance, to helping employers find good workers and helping workers find good jobs faster and more efficiently.”

“The mission of the National Labor Exchange is to provide a cost-effective, national employment system that improves labor market efficiency,” noted DEA Executive Director Bill Warren. “Working together, we are aligning and leveraging the assets and power of major U.S. corporations and workforce partners to help minimize the economic impact on displaced workers.”

For additional information on the Rapid Reemployment Initiative visit www.jobcentral.org/ct/

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535


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