Administration Starts 'Facebook' Page for Unemployed: 'We Know There Are Millions of Unfilled Job Openings'

By Penny Starr | October 20, 2011 | 3:50 PM EDT

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis gives a thumbs up on Oct. 20, 2011 at a press conference to announce a partnership between Facebook and the DOL to help Americans find jobs. ( Starr)

( – The Obama administration announced today it would use social networking to put Americans back to work. The “Social Jobs Partnership” is a newly launched Facebook page to help job seekers connect with employers.

“We’re here to announce our all-star social media team committed to putting America back to work,” Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said at the department’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.

“Landing on this page can help Americans land a good job,” Solis said. “Even at a time with 9 percent unemployment, we know there are millions of unfilled job openings right now that exist in this country.”

Solis said the new site would help people find the estimated 3 million jobs slots that are unfilled.

“Beginning today, 132 million Facebook users can discover new tools to find out about these job openings and the skills that they will need to get hired,” Solis said.

Marne Levine, Facebook’s vice president of global public policy, said at the event that the new page would fill the “connection gap in America’s workforce.”

Several hours after the page was launched, more than 900 “likes” were displayed on the page. The page has a link to the Department of Labor and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies.

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, left, watches Andrew Noyes, seated, manager of public policy communications with Facebook, show off the new Facebook page on Oct. 20, 2011. ( Starr)

On the “info” section of the page, the partnership’s goal reads, “to facilitate employment for America’s jobless through the use of social media.”

The general information section lists  initiatives “to more effectively leverage the utility of social networks in the job market.”

Those initiatives include conducting surveys, allowing employers to post job openings for free and promoting federal job openings.

“I’m already feeling the excitement about what the potential is for us and hopefully those millions of people that are watching us right now will get on line now and get the information that they need,” Solis said.