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Workforce groups like the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies are giving people good reason to spend hours on Facebook: They might find a job. A new Facebook page, called the Social Jobs Partnership, will feature an exhaustive list of resources for finding jobs and even job listings themselves. The agency has a number of online resources for connecting jobseekers to job openings; but unless people are aware of them, they become useless virtual libraries of information. With the DOL's My Skills My Future website, for example, someone can type in their current or past job and instantly view a list of employers looking to hire similar positions nationwide. About 64 percent of employers find their next new hires through social networks, so Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is hoping to extend the partnership to more sites like Twitter and LinkedIn, she told the Los Angeles Times. As of today, almost 12,000 Facebook members have liked the page.