(Bloomberg) — Long-term unemployment rates are a focus for the U.S. and other Group of 20 nations as they seek to move an estimated 100 million people into the global workforce, according to U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez.

Nations are seeking to boost efforts to help young people and women find work and reduce the number of people left jobless for long periods, Perez said today in an interview with Bloomberg Television's "Countdown."

"There are too many people on the bench who want to get into the workforce, and who want to get back into the workforce," Perez said today from Melbourne, Australia. "America works best, and countries around the world work best, when we field a full team."

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