When businesses can find and retain the right people to innovate, compete, and grow—and when people have the skills and opportunities to put their talent to work—there’s no limit to what we can all achieve.
America Works Initiative
Helping your company and our country solve our workforce challenges.
Understanding America's Labor Shortage: Childcare
Data show that women who left the labor force during the pandemic, often to take on childcare duties, have not yet returned.
The U.S. Chamber believes we must quickly address a double-dose of workforce challenges. There are too many people without jobs and too many jobs without people. We are working to build a modern, adaptive workforce to meet the needs of today and to compete for the future. Through the America Works initiative, advocacy for effective education and training policy, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s successful employer-led programs, and support for public-private partnerships, we create pathways for people and businesses alike to pursue their dreams and achieve their potential.
To reinvigorate the economy and promote workforce success, many companies are turning toward reskilling and upskilling for in-demand positions.
Small business advice from CO—
- Small BusinessCO— Start. Run. Grow. Staying Connected in a Hybrid WorldThursday, August 1112:00 PM EDT - 01:00 PM EDT
- WorkforceTPM National Learning Network Summit Fall 2022Monday, September 26 - Tuesday, September 2705:30 PM EDT - 04:00 PM EDT
- WorkforceTalent ForwardWednesday, October 2601:00 PM EDT - 03:00 PM EDT
- Aug 05, 2022Understanding America’s Labor Shortage
In 2021, businesses added an unprecedented 3.8 million jobs. But at the same time, workforce participation remains below pre-pandemic levels, meaning we have 3.4 million fewer Americans working today compared to February of 2020.
- Aug 05, 2022America Works Data Center
Capturing the current state of the U.S. workforce.
- Aug 02, 2022Empowering Small Business: The Impact of Technology on U.S. Small Business
Report finds that technology is a driver of economic success for small businesses and that policymakers must encourage an environment that enables all businesses to succeed with digital tools.
- Jul 29, 2022The CFPB Is Making it Harder to Hire and Train Employees
The CFPB is targeting a common business practice that makes it easier for employers to find, develop, and retain talent.
- Jul 15, 2022Immigration Data Center
America’s woefully inadequate immigration system is directly contributing to the worker shortage crisis and hindering American business operations.
- Jul 15, 2022Understanding America’s Labor Shortage: The Most Impacted Industries
The transportation, health care and social assistance, and accommodation and food sectors have had the highest numbers of job openings.
- Jul 13, 2022Hill Letter on the Fiscal Year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act
This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, on H.R. 7900, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023."
- Jul 07, 2022How Fixing Our Worker Shortage Can Fight Inflation
As the cost of payroll goes up, businesses increase prices as much as they can so that they can maintain their profit margins and stay in business.
- Jun 29, 2022U.S. Chamber Letter on FY23 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations
This Hill letter was sent to Members of the House Committee on Appropriations, on the Fiscal Year 2023 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.
- Jun 20, 2022Worker Shortages Cripple Pools and Summer Attractions for a Second Year
Severe labor shortages are hitting seasonal summer businesses like pools and amusement parks hard. Despite upping pay and offering big bonuses, there are few applicants.