Viewpoints: Creating a statewide jobs clearinghouse

Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 11:45pm

Republican gubernatorial candidate and Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam announced Thursday plans to develop an online jobs clearinghouse that will pull together existing market data in a user-friendly way so that every jobseeker, employer, community official, higher education institution, and economic development organization has access to timely and accurate information on the current and future economic landscape of Tennessee.

“Tennessee is still suffering from nearly 11 percent unemployment,” Haslam said. “Lots of people are looking for work, but the question is, ‘How can we aid in that process? How can we help people make informed decisions about what careers to pursue, what businesses to start, what training to offer?’”

This one-stop shop will serve both a short-term and long-term purpose. It will help the thousands of Tennesseans who have recently lost their jobs quickly rejoin the workforce, but it will also help communities, entrepreneurs, and postsecondary institutions make informed decisions about future economic development.
 

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193 Comments on this post:

By: house_of_pain on 4/9/10 at 5:54

This sounds like a pretty good idea.

By: dargent7 on 4/9/10 at 5:57

I read this 'Viewpoint" 3x.
Sounds a lot like what Presidential candidates say trying to get the job. Then reality sets in.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/9/10 at 6:07

Good morning

http://pixdaus.com/pics/12105956673dx6ihJ.jpg

By: Captain Nemo on 4/9/10 at 6:08

It could work.

By: dnewton on 4/9/10 at 6:15

This solution to the problem assumes that unemployment is a lack of connection between employeer and employee. I suspect the problem is a lack of a business climate favorable to risking venture capital and a hostile environment against Capitalism. This is just the Republican version of hope and change.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/9/10 at 6:17

Reality sets in

http://www.cartoonstock.com/newscartoons/cartoonists/rro/lowres/rron946l.jpg

By: Captain Nemo on 4/9/10 at 6:24

OK Paul you should had to shove the reality card in our face lol

By: Captain Nemo on 4/9/10 at 6:30

Don't ask me what that last post meant, because I don't know.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/9/10 at 6:36

I saw this on the Today show this morning

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgPt5_wAeLA

By: dargent7 on 4/9/10 at 6:50

The local chapter of the KKK has assembled over at The Tennessean.
Seems C.W. Clouse wrote a LTE admonishing Republicans.
Calling them hate mongering racists, they staunchly deny.
And being that it's "Clean Sheets Friday", the Klan is all over him.

By: yogiman on 4/9/10 at 6:53

Great idea! That should buy several votes for this idea. I'm glad he placed it before the public's eyes before election. Now, we'll know he's a good thinking man... for our state.

By: govskeptic on 4/9/10 at 6:53

Sounds like this is a wheel that should have been discovered
long ago. Exactly what does the Dept of Labor do in this
state? Like the Dept of Insurance that regulates that industry
no one knows what or how they handle the matters before them, i.e. rate increases etc.

By: bfra on 4/9/10 at 6:58

house - why up so early?

By: Captain Nemo on 4/9/10 at 7:00

Yes house how did the sleep study go.

By: bfra on 4/9/10 at 7:01

Nemo - they obviously didn't let him sleep in!

By: dargent7 on 4/9/10 at 7:06

Ever heard the phrase, "Asleep at the wheel"? That's House with or w/o any study.

By: gdiafante on 4/9/10 at 7:07

"I suspect the problem is a lack of a business climate favorable to risking venture capital and a hostile environment against Capitalism."

If you have weed, you must pass it around. That's the rule.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/9/10 at 7:07

At the risk of provoking the ire from the right, I ask if it had been a Democrat would you still think that this was....."Great idea! That should buy several votes for this idea. I'm glad he placed it before the public's eyes before election. Now, we'll know he's a good thinking man... for our state."

By: bfra on 4/9/10 at 7:09

Now, we'll know he's a good thinking man... for our state."
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Or, got a good PR staff!

By: Captain Nemo on 4/9/10 at 7:09

house
http://www.k9crew.com/Pictures/shell/images/Asleep at the Wheel.jpg

By: bfra on 4/9/10 at 7:11

All politicians live by "saying and doing are two different things"!

By: Captain Nemo on 4/9/10 at 7:18

By: bfra on 4/9/10 at 8:11
All politicians live by "saying and doing are two different things"!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5DZBFbMdjI

http://americalives.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/mission-accomplished.jpg

By: bfra on 4/9/10 at 7:21

Nemo - perfect examples. Do you think he really thought he looked as good as Tom Cruise? 1 an actor & 1 a wannabe

By: gdiafante on 4/9/10 at 7:26

I think some politicians may actually think they can do good, then get in office and realize how the system is played. It's only a matter of time before the system consumes them and they end up becoming the exact same thing they were fighting against.

By: Kosh III on 4/9/10 at 7:27

"and a hostile environment against Capitalism."

What do you expect when so-called "capitalism" has wrecked the economy and left millions jobless and/or impoverished?

By: Captain Nemo on 4/9/10 at 7:28

When ever I heard a politician say that they want raise taxes or any other ridicules promise. I think that he/she is a fool or liar. By making such a statement they have tied themselves to an anchor and not facing the reality of what the future events could bring.

By: Kosh III on 4/9/10 at 7:28

Doesn't the state dept of Labor and Workforce Development do this already?

By: bfra on 4/9/10 at 7:31

g - They should be up on how the system is played, before they make promises. That would be a good politician.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/9/10 at 7:31

I’m not sure bfra. There is no way of telling what went on in that childish mine.

By: gdiafante on 4/9/10 at 7:32

Nemo, the problem with America right now is that there needs to be across-the-board reform of public programs because we've put it off for the past 25 years. That isn't going to be cheap or quick, but the public has no stomach for anything that isn't easy and cheap.

It doesn't help that there's so many people who want us to have the same government that Haiti has.

By: bfra on 4/9/10 at 7:34

Nemo - One thing, for sure, we can all look at the havoc around us and know, it wasn't much.

By: gdiafante on 4/9/10 at 7:35

True, bfra, but personally, I think it's more about power than doing good. That's why politics attact such degenerates most of the time.

By: gdiafante on 4/9/10 at 7:35

s/h/b attract

By: Captain Nemo on 4/9/10 at 7:39

It doesn't help that there's so many people who want us to have the same government that Haiti has.

That is an interesting thought, gdia. Now that you mention it I think you have a good point.

By: bfra on 4/9/10 at 7:43

Isn't Haiti more like a dictatorship with a prime minister?

By: Captain Nemo on 4/9/10 at 7:46

People say that money is the root to all evil. I don’t think that it is money. Money is just a means to keep count on how much power one has, the more money the more power.

By: gdiafante on 4/9/10 at 7:47

Maybe, but it's the minimal government that people find appealing. One person even told me that government's function is infrastructure and military. That's it.

Of course then that expanded into revenue collecting, taxes to pay for infrastructure and military and regulatory functions...you get the picture.

They just want everything and to pay for nothing.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/9/10 at 7:48

True, Nemo. I can agree with that.

By: gdiafante on 4/9/10 at 7:50

Hell, even our founding fathers realized that minimal government was more of a theory than practicality. Hamilton's interpretation of the "general welfare" clause is genius.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/9/10 at 7:51

By: gdiafante on 4/9/10 at 8:32

It doesn't help that there's so many people who want us to have the same government that Haiti has.

By: bfra on 4/9/10 at 8:43
Isn't Haiti more like a dictatorship with a prime minister?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNo0_klKzis

By: house_of_pain on 4/9/10 at 7:54

I'm always up early, guys. They told me I didn't snore, and they only set the CPAP at 6.

By: gdiafante on 4/9/10 at 7:55

Sorry, meant "implied powers"...it's Friday, give me a break.

By: bfra on 4/9/10 at 7:57

Nemo - That's what I had in mind. Then he could have grown a little mustach over his smarly mouth and been a full-fledged Hitler.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/9/10 at 7:58

That is where my CPAP is set on. Weclome to the club.

By: house_of_pain on 4/9/10 at 7:59

Nemo & I are gonna be CPAP buddies...we need a secret handshake.

By: bfra on 4/9/10 at 8:00

and I should have put an "e" on mustache!

By: Captain Nemo on 4/9/10 at 8:03

I think one of the reason the fringe right hates Obama so much and the right wing is harping on him so much is that they want the world to forget George W. Bush
http://www.insidesocal.com/tv/bush_africa-thumb.jpg

By: bfra on 4/9/10 at 8:04

Well I have errands to run, in a bit. Gonna be on the road a lot, think I need to practice "drop & roll" before I leave?

By: BenDover on 4/9/10 at 8:05

"Doesn't the state dept of Labor and Workforce Development do this already?"

Yup. http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/empwfd.html

It won't stop whoever's elected from shuffling around the deck chairs and claiming this victory again though. Sundquist did it... Bredesen did it... as far as I know the previous governors probably all did it too.

There's continuous improvement in these areas by dedicated state workers taking advantage of better and better technology, I'm sure... and a long line of politicians willing to accept the credit for the advances.

By: bfra on 4/9/10 at 8:06

Nemo - Wha happen? Did he dribble mustard on him lil suit?