Labor Policy Research
Career success and the financial stability it produces are part of the American dream. But not everyone entering the workforce has the education and training needed to succeed. Young people in poverty, disadvantaged adults, ex-offenders, veterans and spouses of service members, older workers, and employees laid off from jobs in declining industries face especially severe barriers to workforce achievement and have unique needs that must be addressed. Mathematica has been studying ways to help these groups succeed in the labor market. In addition, we have assisted government agencies and nonprofit organizations in providing services more effectively and efficiently. Read more about our labor research.
Evaluating the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Aiming to revitalize the economy, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on February 17, 2009. The Act provides the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) with $750 million to provide worker training and placement in high-growth and high-demand industries such as the health care sector, worker training for placement in "green jobs" such as the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries, and summer job programs for youth. Mathematica is evaluating many of these initiatives.
Higher-Value Training Awards, with Counseling, Would Generate Large Net Benefits
A new report details findings from Mathematica's evaluation of the effects of alternative training models used under the Workforce Investment Act. Jobseekers could realize potential net benefits over 20 years of approximately $41,000 per person if local workforce training agencies implemented programs that combine higher, more flexible individual limits for expenditures on state-approved training with support from training counselors. Read the release. Check out the fact sheet.
American Enterprise Institute—Getting America Back to Work: Can Training Programs Do the Job?—Washington, DC—September 7, 2012
National Transitional Jobs Network Conference—Restoring the Promise of Work: Subsidized Employment & Transitional Jobs—Baltimore, MD—April 12-13, 2012
Unemployment Insurance Integrity Summit—Arlington, VA—March 12-14, 2012
Workforce One—Webinar—May 18, 2010
National League of Cities—Audioconference—April 28, 2010