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—
- InternationalU.S. Chamber of Commerce Delegation to Israel's Cyber WeekSunday, June 26 - Thursday, June 3012:00 AM EDT - 12:00 AM EDT
- Health Care9th Annual Health Summit: The Business of HealthTuesday, June 2811:30 AM EDT - 05:00 PM EDT
- Small BusinessCO— Start. Run. Grow. Growing a Team During the Workforce ShortageWednesday, June 2912:00 PM EDT - 01:00 PM EDT
- Dec 07, 2021The States Suffering Most from the Labor Shortage
Job openings are up. Labor force participation is down. Quit rates are at a record high. Amid the worsening labor shortage crisis, these are the states being impacted the most.
- Dec 03, 2021November Jobs Report Paints Confusing Picture of Labor Market
The November jobs report showed a huge miss on the number of jobs added but an increase in people entering the workforce. Our economic policy expert breaks down the data and explains why there may be cause for optimism.
- Dec 02, 2021Coalition Letter on Federal Contractors and the National Defense Authorization Act
This Coalition letter was sent to the Members of the United States Senate, opposing an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) related to potential debarment of federal contractors.
- Dec 02, 2021U.S. Chamber Poll of Unemployed Americans Indicates Worker Shortage Crisis Unlikely to Ease
Large portions of the previously employed indicate that they are not actively looking for work and may not return to the workforce for six months or more
- Nov 30, 2021NEW – Updated Poll: The COVID-19 Unemployed
- Nov 29, 20214 Ways Employers Can Improve Recruiting and Retention
A new poll shows many unemployed workers are not actively looking for work. From offering hybrid work schedules to investing in reskilling and upskilling training, here are four ways employers can improve their recruiting and retention practices.
- Nov 23, 2021How Businesses Are Helping Solve Black Unemployment
Employment levels for Black Americans are up compared to where they were at the height of the pandemic, but they still lag those of other ethnic groups. Here’s how businesses are adapting their hiring and training practices to help solve Black unemployment
- Nov 22, 2021Why Businesses Are Taking on the Role of Educators
Tech companies like Amazon, IBM, and others are stepping in to upskill, reskill, and provide educational opportunities that have traditionally been the domain of four-year colleges and technical and vocational schools.
- Nov 18, 2021Coalition Letter on Reconciliation
This Coalition letter was sent to the Members of the United States Congress, opposing H.R. 5376, the reconciliation bill.