- The Washington Times - Monday, July 13, 2009

The Obama administration on Monday will release a new report showing jobs in the health care and environmental sectors are growing at a fast pace as the economy transforms, and it will stress training programs and the need for workers to remain flexible.

The report, called “Preparing the Workers of Today for the Jobs of Tomorrow,” will outline a projection of the labor market over the next few years and detail skills and training most likely to be needed for those new jobs. It also will suggest education and training programs to help “best equip the workers of today for the jobs of tomorrow,” according to White House aides.

Christina Romer, chair of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, is hosting a video chat through a joint project between Facebook at WhiteHouse.gov. The White House used a similar format for a recent health care forum.

Ms. Romer will answer questions posed online through both sites at https://apps.facebook.com/whitehouselive at 2:30 p.m. and talk about the new report.

The White House said the report will identify changes in the labor market as economic drivers shift from the financial services and other sectors to health care and environmental. It also will credit the $787 billion economic stimulus plan — which Republicans are saying has “failed” — with a rebound in the construction and manufacturing sectors.

“The report emphasizes the importance of worker flexibility given the dynamic nature of the U.S. labor market. Of particular interest is the expected shift towards jobs that require workers with greater analytical and interactive skills,” the White House said.

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