President Barack Obama, concerned about the discrimination faced by the long-term unemployed, decided to call on the nation's corporate leaders to change the way they hire workers.
The press event, which had several corporate chief executives from different business sectors, such as eBay and Boeing, told reporters that 21 of the nation's 50 largest companies agreed to participate in the initiative, according to the New York Times. That includes Silicon Valley's Apple.
“Folks who’ve been unemployed the longest often have the toughest time getting back to work,” Obama said at the event. “Just because you’ve been out of work for a while does not mean that you are not a hard worker. It just means you had bad luck or you were in the wrong industry or you lived in a region of the country that’s catching up a little slower than others in the recovery.”