June 1, 2012

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APSCU Responds To May Jobs Report


Washington, DC - Former Congressman Steve Gunderson, the president and chief executive officer of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) today released the following statement in response to the unemployment figures issued this morning:

"Today's announcement that less than 70,000 jobs were created in the month of May and the unemployment rate has increased to 8.2 percent is disappointing for the nation as a whole. Additionally, the unemployment rate for veterans that served after 9/11 increased to 12.7 percent last month. In order to turn our economy around, put more Americans to work and relieve the intense strain on families, we must heed the concerns expressed by employers that there is a dearth of qualified workers in the marketplace to fill openings which currently exist."

"As we have stated time and again, career colleges and universities play a pivotal role in ensuring more Americans are equipped with the education and training they need to compete and succeed in the job market. We are a critical element in the recovery plan and are working every day to provide essential education opportunities to traditionally underserved populations with the skills to prosper in what is clearly a very challenging environment. Career institutions are also a key to success for many working parents and veterans who must seek alternative pathways to higher education."

"We hope the Obama Administration and Members of Congress focus on areas where we can increase opportunities for all Americans seeking a post-secondary education as opposed to pursuing burdensome regulations which will hinder the ability of students to get good-quality jobs and provide for their families."



PSCUs open doors to many of the 9 million unemployed and 90 million undereducated Americans by providing a skills-based education. To remain competitive over the next decade, we must identify between 8 and 23 million new workers with postsecondary skills. PSCUs are a necessary part of that solution, having produced over 800,000 degrees last year alone.