By Dan Stanton, Arizona Local Documents Librarian & Coordinator, Organizational Development; Arizona State University Libraries
Originally appeared in the December 2008 edition of the Mountain Plains Library Association Newsletter
Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists. — John Kenneth Galbraith
Unfortunately, the following resources may become very important to our users given the economic climate. Government at all levels can provide assistance for the workforce. They look out for job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the United States by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities for profitable employment, protecting their retirement and health care benefits, helping employers find workers, strengthening free collective bargaining, and tracking changes in employment, prices, and other economic measurements. Workers are guaranteed safe and healthful working conditions; a minimum hourly wage and overtime pay; freedom from employment discrimination; unemployment insurance; and other support.
Career One Stop: Collection of resources offering solutions to the demands of today’s labor market from the perspective of the job seeker, the employer, and the public workforce community.
DisabilityInfo.gov: Comprehensive online resource designed to provide people with disabilities with the employment information they need.
eLaws: Interactive tools that provide information about Federal employment laws for employees and employers.
Occupational Outlook Handbook: Assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. Describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.
Public Service and Volunteerism: Listing of opportunities to serve the public good.
Hire Vets First: Comprehensive career website for hiring veterans of America’s military.
VetSuccess: Information about the services that the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program provides to veterans with service-connected disabilities. It also provides information about vocational counseling available to active duty service members and veterans who have recently separated from active duty, and to dependents of veterans who meet certain program eligibility requirements.
Bureau of Labor Statistics: Career information for young people.
Youth 2 Work: Department of Labor site geared towards young people in the workforce.
Starting a Business
Business Resources by Audience: Resources geared towards specific populations looking to get into business.
Business Development: Resources from a variety of federal agencies involved in the business world.
Startup Basics: Small Business Administration site providing resources and guidance in starting a business.