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Brief examines gaps in the evidence for employment and training strategies.

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Older Women in the Workforce

Study examines how changes in divorce affect employment at later ages.

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New briefs explore challenges in establishing American Job Centers in local jails. 

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Increase Participation, Improve Outcomes

Behavioral interventions for labor-related programs.

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Employment

A successful career and the financial stability that comes with it are central to the American dream. But not everyone in or entering the workforce has the education and training necessary to achieve their goals. The barriers to employment are particularly acute for young people in poverty; low-income adults; ex-offenders; veterans, their spouses, and spouses of service members; older workers; persons with disabilities; and laid-off workers in declining industries. Mathematica analyzes programs and policies intended to help these individuals succeed in the labor market, and we help government agencies and nonprofit organizations provide education, training, and employment services more effectively and efficiently.


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Decades of research have shown that
for low-income, disadvantaged, low-skilled people

participating in training programs can be effective at increasing their earnings.