>> The US jobless rate has reached historic lows under four percent. But in cities such as Cleveland, some communities have been left behind. Now policy makers are hoping to tackle that problem, while also solving a shortage of workers in fields such as healthcare. University Hospitals of Cleveland is recruiting and training new workers from the high unemployment neighborhoods nearby.
Howard Schneider is on the story>> University Hospitals has to hire hundreds of nurses a year to take care of replacement, turn over, and expansion. One of the things they're trying to do is go local. You've got neighborhoods, pockets where there just aren't any jobs. They have a program there that identifies people who aren't skilled yet but are willing to work.
They'll bring them at entry level jobs, housekeeping, food services, janitors. And then over time, help them acquire the skills to move up to licensed practical nurse or engineering, or help them through college, help them train and skill up.>> The program could offer a template for policy makers and businesses to apply more widely.
>> So it's really an effort to target different areas around the country that state governors say need the help to kind of bring money and skill into parts of the country that have been left behind.>> A Reuters analysis of federal data show's that about a quarter of the nation's 6.5 million unemployed live in just 50 US counties, including areas around Chicago, Los Angeles, and St. Louis.