February 22, 2009 / 4:33 PM / 9 years ago

Microsoft unveils new online employment resource

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp on Sunday announced the creation of a website, Elevate America, aimed at improving access to job training tools.

The site, here, provides resources to help individuals gain the technical skills needed for acquiring jobs, the world's largest software company said.

The economy has shed 3.6 million jobs since the recession began in December 2007 with about half of the decline occurring in the past three months, recent Labor Department data showed.

The website provides access to several Microsoft online training programs, including how to use the Internet, send e-mail and create a resume, as well as more advanced programs on using specific Microsoft applications.

“We are also providing a full range of work force development resources for state and local governments so they can offer specialized training for their workers,” said Pamela Passman, corporate vice president of Microsoft Global Corporate Affairs.

Microsoft tapped Washington state as the first state to provide Elevate America to its residents.

Reporting by Nancy Waitz; Editing by Bill Trott

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