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Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 7/18/2017
The pathway to postsecondary success differs for individuals of varying personal backgrounds, financial situations, and locations. The following resources examine efforts to increase equity in postsecondary education that may enhance the diversity of an educated workforce. The topics include an intervention model highlighting differences among first-generation college students' backgrounds, financial resources for low-income and non-traditional students, and place-based scholarship programs.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 6/30/2017
This July 4th the Workforce System Strategies team reflects on the status of employment in the U.S. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while the unemployment rate has been decreasing, the employment-to-population ratio of adults ages 25 to 54 remains below pre-recession levels. The resources below summarize findings from studies of subsidized employment programs and interventions designed to improve employment outcomes for low-income adults and individuals with barriers to employment.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 6/9/2017
Over the last few decades, the participation of women in the workforce has significantly increased. According to U.S. Department of Labor, women currently comprise 47 percent of the workforce, and they are becoming more racially and ethnically diverse. The following WSS profiles highlight ways through which workforce development programs can better meet and support the diverse needs of women, with a focus on low-income women of color.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 5/26/2017
Workforce and economic development initiatives and strategies vary in scope and depth and are often initiated to address current employer or worker needs. The following resources explore initiatives in Los Angeles, New York City, and Detroit aimed at improving the local economic conditions and employment outcomes and relate to creating career pathways, understanding issues of domestic workers and their employers, and measuring the impact of grants to stimulate regional economies.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 5/12/2017
Through better alignment of education, training, and employment services among public agencies, career pathways holds the promise of increasing the number of workers in the U.S. who gain the industry-recognized and academic credentials they need to work in the most in-demand occupations. The following WSS resources provide state policymakers and practitioners with ideas on how to design and improve career pathways that have a strong potential to meet current and future U.S. labor market needs.
Workforce System StrategiesPromoting Self-sufficiency through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and TrainingPosted On: 5/1/2017
In Fiscal Year 2015, the latest year for which data are available, about 3.2 million individuals participated in SNAP Employment and Training (E&T). Although each state is required to operate SNAP E&T, they have a great deal of flexibility in designing and implementing their programs. The resources below offer methods that state policymakers and practitioners can consider when designing SNAP E&T programs that may help participants gain stable employment and become self-sufficient.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 4/10/2017
The American Community Survey estimated that 13 percent of the total US population was foreign-born in 2014. While some immigrants may face challenges upon arrival to the U.S., opportunities to succeed are supported through tapping into unrealized skills, work-focused language instruction, and other community strategies. The following resources explore educational attainment data, work-oriented language programs, and strategies for building economic opportunities among immigrant populations.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 3/24/2017
Efficient and well-connected workforce data systems have the potential to drive collaboration and improve outcomes across programs and organizations. Establishing these systems, however, requires planning and commitment across multiple stakeholders. The following WSS resources look at previous workforce data collaborations at the state level and identify successful outcomes and lessons learned.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 3/13/2017
Identifying skills needs and bridging gaps between employers’ needs and job seekers’ skills in changing economic markets can be a challenge. The following resources analyze or examine how the skills gap affects cities, states, and overall national competitiveness, and provide recommendations for employers, academics, and communities of interest to address the gap.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 2/27/2017
According to the American Community Survey, only 35 percent of adults with disabilities were employed in 2015. Many factors contribute to this low employment rate, and the following studies are a handful within the WSS collection that explore the topic. These resources examine workforce challenges experienced by adults with disabilities; and highlight earnings discrepancies by educational attainment, labor market participation, and employment participation rates across disability types.