Labor Secretary Hilda Solis unveiled an innovative partnership via a live Web stream on Thursday (Oct. 20, 2011) that brings together the U.S. Labor Department, Facebook, the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, the DirectEmployers Association and the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

In addition, Facebook debuted a new Social Jobs Partnership page that highlights available training programs, educational opportunities and job search resources for the department.

"Linking America's job seekers with the resources they need to get back to work is a top priority of the Obama Administration and my department," said Secretary Solis. "By leveraging the power of the social Web, this initiative will provide immediate, meaningful and ready-to-use information for job seekers and employers, and a modern platform to better connect them." 

Facebook also made a commitment to drive traffic to the site through targeted online public service announcements in areas of high unemployment.

Additionally, participating organizations will conduct in-depth survey research about how job seekers, college career centers and workforce recruiters are effectively using the social web; explore how job postings can be shared on Facebook and throughout other social sites at no charge; and distribute educational materials to recruiters, government agencies and job seekers about the power of the social Web.