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Ford Pledges to Help Long-term Unemployed

January 31, 2014

Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press

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2014 Ford Focus (Ford Motor)

Jan. 31--WASHINGTON -- Ford has joined a long list of companies signing an Obama administration pledge to remove barriers that may keep qualified long-term unemployed job seekers from applying or being hired.

"Ford supports the White House's initiative to promote the best practices for recruiting and hiring the long-term unemployed," the company said in a statement. "We are committed to hiring the most qualified individuals for positions, regardless of unemployment status or duration of time unemployed."

General Motors has also signed onto the pledge, a spokesperson said later Thursday.

On Friday, the White House was expected to have an event discussing the plight of the long-term unemployed with CEOs who had signed the pledge. Ford's Alan Mulally was not expected to be in attendance. Earlier in the week, it was reported that Midland-based Dow Chemical also had signed.

As part of the pledge, companies commit to ensuring that advertising does not discourage or discriminate against unemployed people and to reviewing their recruiting and hiring practices so that they "cast a broad net" to encourage qualified people to apply regardless of employment status.

Contact Todd Spangler: 703-854-8947 or tspangler@freepress.com

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