Bills other than Affordable Care Act could change the face of job market

Jul 6 2012 - 4:57pm

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Even with the recent Supreme Court decision resulting in the Affordable Care Act remaining on the books, there is little doubt that heated debate on the issue will continue through the November election. While some claim the act is a job killer, others claim it will secure jobs.

Such a debate is probably needed, but what is also needed is more attention to other bills that will impact job creation; such as the Workforce Investment Act that includes job training programs for people with disabilities, dislocated workers and programs specifically helping our youth find employment.

Also needing more attention is the Older Americans Act that specifically helps older Americans with employment challenges.

Whichever side you are on in the continuing debate over health care, it is not the only issue employers, individuals and families face.

As Congress surely will not fully address these other important bills before the election due to the political firestorm surrounding health care, we can help broaden their priorities and ensure more attention is given to all legislation that will impact jobs.

USA.gov has contact information for elected officials, as well as for contacting specific government agencies as you gather information and make your views known. Contacting government agencies and your elected officials about legislation is easier to do than ever before.

Small businesses have always led the way in job creation, comprising up to two-thirds of all new jobs, according to the Small Business Administration. However, as these small businesses downsize or fail, they also account for the most job losses. The key is to ensure elected officials support job stability by helping small businesses succeed.

While many startup small businesses fail, others, such as Google and Facebook move on to become major job-creation and job-sustaining engines.

Entrepreneurship will always play an important role in job creation. Small businesses will continue to lead the way, but their success or failure will play a major role in the net impact on the overall job market, as they always have.

With the national unemployment rate hovering around 9 percent, and likely to do so through the election, job creation and being able to sustain those jobs is as critical today as any time in recent history.

While this column is dedicated to help those looking for jobs to understand how to effectively and efficiently do so, there is also a critical role that government action and inaction plays in creating more job opportunities to make that goal easier to obtain.

The job market is slowly improving and we have good reasons to be encouraged, but more needs to be done, especially for programs for people with disabilities and other special needs groups.

We each have a voice that our elected officials must hear. Let's help them understand that we are concerned about all legislation that impacts job creation and stability, not just the Affordable Care Act. Focusing on the Workforce Investment Act and the Older Americans Act is just a start on what we also need.

Ron Campbell has worked extensively in the job preparation and job search industry. He can be reached at campbellrv@gmail.com or 801-386-1111.

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