This week: The job market in the U.S. is a mess, and we need to fix it before it gets worse.
We are not talking about the usual high-profile jobs, such as the White House press secretary, but a whole bunch of jobs that are hard to find these days.
The top-earning jobs are often low-paying service-sector jobs that require college degrees, or just basic skills like reading and writing.
These jobs are a drag on the economy.
But we can fix it.
In fact, we already are.
Over the last few decades, the U of A’s college enrollment has exploded, while the state’s workforce has shrunk.
The state’s labor force has been shrinking for decades, and the jobs lost in this process have disproportionately affected communities of color.
I’m here to tell you this: We can fix this, and it’s happening faster than you think.
It starts with creating more affordable and quality childcare, as well as training to keep kids healthy.
And it starts with ensuring that parents get the quality education they need to make the best decisions about their children’s future.
There are more than 1.3 million public school students in Virginia, and a lot of them have never taken a standardized test.
The problem is, we don’t know what to do about them.
We don’t have a set plan to address this.
And even when we do, it’s not clear where to start.
We have no set plan, for example, to address what happens when parents get sick or their kids fall ill, or when parents leave the school to go to work.
You can help fix these problems.
I am proud to announce that I am joining the White HOUSE as the new chair of the Office for College Access and Success.
This will be a big job.
The job requires enormous energy and a relentless focus on finding solutions, as we tackle the nation’s highest college graduation rate and the challenges of maintaining high-quality childcare.
But the challenge is even greater.
The most important thing we can do is work to get young Americans into good jobs, where they can compete for jobs, and make sure that our colleges and universities are prepared to provide the best education for our future.
I’m also excited to be working with the Department of Labor, the Department for Health and Human Services, the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the Partnership for Public Service and the Education Trust to address these challenges.
So this is a big, big job for me, and I’m thrilled to be able to do it.
This is going to be an exciting time, but we can’t do this alone.
I want you to know that this will be an administration I want to be proud of, because I believe we can build a brighter future.
And that is why we are making this announcement today.
The White House’s jobs team will work to support you in your journey to a successful career.
Let me introduce a few of the president’s top priority priorities, including a new Office of College Access to help you get the job you want.
President Trump has called for simplifying health insurance, but there’s no way to do that without making a major structural change to our health care system.
It’s time to get rid of Obamacare, and replace it with a simpler, more efficient system.
This will help protect Americans from catastrophic cost increases and help create a level playing field for health care providers, consumers and patients.
Student loan interest rates are at historic lows, and students and families are taking out more loans.
That’s why the administration is proposing a $2,000-per-year credit that will help millions of Americans afford college tuition.
Achievement gaps are closing at higher and higher levels.
Today, our nation is ranked as the best place in the world to grow up, with the highest rates of child well-being and child well health, and an outstanding score on the Better Futures Index.
It also ranks No. 1 for the amount of money that young people spend on college.
More than 60 percent of the people in our country are enrolled in college or a college-level degree.
That is an unprecedented achievement for a country that once ranked among the worst in the industrialized world.
That achievement is being shattered by the crushing cost of higher education.
For the first time in history, college is unaffordable for millions of American families, with average debt in America reaching more than $30,000 for a family of four.
The president has called on Congress to pass a new plan to end the unaffordability crisis.
I’ve already committed to supporting that plan.
Now, as part of our commitment to lowering college costs, the administration will offer an additional $2 million in grants and loans to states to help them address these problems and improve their outcomes. We’re