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Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 4/11/2017
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: 3/14/2017
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.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 2/14/2017
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 68% of prisoners released in 2005 returned to prison within three years of release, and 77% were arrested within five years of release. The WSS resources below provide data analyses, literature reviews, and other tools through which practitioners, researchers, and stakeholders can improve or create effective programs that support individuals as they transition from prison to the community, such as providing employment services pre-release.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 1/31/2017
Many programs and policies have been developed to help low-income families build self-sufficiency and gain a foothold in the workforce. The following WSS resources describe several strategies, activities or policy findings that practitioners and policymakers can use to support families, identify and invest in cost-effective interventions or modify family-support policies.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 1/23/2017
Calendar year 2016 has been busy for WSS! A wide range of profiles are now available, covering topics such as apprenticeships, job readiness services, career pathways, and more! As this year ends, we are highlighting the three profiles with the most views on WSS since Workforce GPS was launched in April 2016. We look forward to sharing more engaging studies and informative insights with you in 2017.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 1/13/2017
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the unemployment rate for youth was 11.5% in July 2016. While this rate decreased since the Great Recession, youth who seek jobs still experience higher unemployment rates that are currently more than double the national rate. The following WSS resources highlight employment strategies and best practices to help reduce the youth unemployment rate, and describe soft skills that are key to youths’ success in the workforce.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 12/10/2016
According to a report from the National Alliance to End Homelessness in January 2015, over half a million people experienced homelessness. Unemployment and homelessness are often linked, since being unemployed can lead to homelessness and homelessness can be a barrier to employment. The public workforce system strives to address these problems beginning with past demonstrations and continuing with current connected strategies. The following WSS resources provide details about such strategies.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 11/23/2016
The National Institute of Justice reports that within three years of release in 2005, about two-thirds of former prisoners in the United States were rearrested. Many of these individuals may be re-incarcerated because they lack marketable skills or access to the education and training programs necessary to transition back into society. These WSS resources examine programs designed to reduce recidivism through connections to Adult Basic Education, community colleges, and supportive services.