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The Fight Over Retraining the Unemployed

George Hernandez looks at job openings at the Foothill Employment and Training Connection in Pasadena, California
George Hernandez looks at job openings at the Foothill Employment and Training Connection in Pasadena, CaliforniaPhotograph by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Federal funds to retrain Americans who’ve lost their jobs are drying up. Many job seekers who show up at career centers to request courses in such growing fields as computers or nursing are being turned away because money for that training has already been spent, the New York Times notes.

The U.S. spends nearly a billion dollars less on retraining the unemployed than it did in 2000, when the unemployment rate was 4 percent. Last year the government spent about $1.2 billion, compared with $2.1 billion in 2000.