The Obama administration's new Facebook-powered jobs program is just the latest sign that the social network is establishing a heavy presence in D.C. Thursday morning, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced the Social Jobs Partnership that hopes to lower unemployment. The news comes a month after Facebook announced a similar arrangement with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce geared towards helping small businesses succeed as well as the formation of a political action committee. For the past two years, Facebook has been hiring like crazy inside the Beltway and boosting their spending on lobbying, and now that they're actually helping the government solve serious problems, it looks like they're becoming quite the political force.
The new Facebok-Labor program is pretty cookie cutter so far. A new Social Jobs Facebook page features links to career resources. It looks like any other Facebook page; there's a Like button and a Wall. With the new portal displayed behind her, Solis gave reporters the token thumbs up at a press conference Thursday morning and described how Facebook and her department would be working much more closely in the near future. "At DOL we have the content to engage, assist and connect unemployed Americans with employers. At Facebook, they have the audience, the people plugged into, on a large scale, on the World Wide Web," she said. "There is enormous potential in the Social Jobs Partnership. This is really just the beginning."