“One thing government can do is partner with the private sector to make sure that every worker has the necessary skills for the jobs they’re applying for,” Mr. Obama said. He pointed to a program announced Wednesday for 500,000 community-college students to get a manufacturing credential approved by the National Association of Manufacturers.


What a novel idea. Why didn’t the 43 previous presidents and previous Congresses think of that? What we need is less involvement from government, not more. Lower taxes and fewer regulations is a start but we need to go further.

Employees — skilled, semi-skilled, and unskilled — and employers — small, medium, and large — must be able to find each other and come to an agreement on terms. People who want to work should identify what they are good at, what they like, and how they can add value to a prospective employer’s firm. Both need to use jobs boards such as Dice, Monster, Linked, company websites big and small. Check with friends and family. Go to parties and network.