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G20 Labor and Employment Ministers Present
Recommendations to President Obama

G20 Labour Ministers Meeting, Washington, April 21, 2010

G20 ministers' statement | List of Participants

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and her fellow G20 labor and employment ministers today met with President Obama and presented him with their recommendations to meet the challenges that the economic crisis is posing for workers and their families worldwide.

A two-day meeting hosted by Secretary Solis, representing the first time that the ministers responsible for labor markets in the 20 largest economies in the world convened to help their nations' leaders coordinate labor market policy, concluded today.

"The G20 leaders asked us — their labor and employment ministers — to help them find ways to meet the challenges that the economic crisis is posing for working households in all of our countries," said Secretary Solis. "They asked us to help them build the foundation for strong, sustainable, balanced economies that create good jobs for all those who seek to work. They told us to look at the quality of jobs as well as the quantity of jobs."

The ministers reviewed the massive programs launched in the last year to respond to the crisis and discussed additional measures to ensure a sustained recovery that produces enough jobs for workers. The labor and employment ministers also discussed a 21st century job skills training strategy.

During the coming weeks, each G20 labor and employment minister will present the recommendations to his or her government.

The recommendations include:

I. Accelerate job creation to ensure a sustained recovery and future growth.

II. Strengthen social protection systems and promote inclusive active labor market policies.

III. Place employment and poverty alleviation at the center of national and global economic strategies.

IV. Improve the quality of jobs for our people.

V. Prepare our workforces for future challenges and opportunities.

Secretary Solis added, "At the end of the day, recovering from the crisis and restoring sustained and balanced growth that creates enough good jobs for our people are goals that we cannot accomplish alone in our own countries. In an integrated global economy, we have to work together."

Source: United States Department of Labor

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