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Microsoft, LinkedIn to Retrain Unemployed Workers for In-Demand Jobs

The companies will offer free training programs for 10 roles such as software developer found to be the most sought-after using LinkedIn data.

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Microsoft Corp. and its LinkedIn unit will provide free job training to help unemployed workers prepare for in-demand jobs as the global pandemic pushes U.S. joblessness to levels as bad as those during the Great Depression.

The program uses LinkedIn data to find the jobs that employers most want to fill, and offers free access to content that helps workers develop the required skills. The company will also cut the cost of its certification exams and offer free job-seeking tools. Microsoft aims to provide additional skills to 25 million people globally by the end of the year through the program for such jobs as software developer, customer-service specialist and graphic designer.