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    Workforce System Strategies
    Posted 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.

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    Workforce System Strategies
    Posted 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.

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    Workforce System Strategies
    Posted On: 2/13/2017

    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.

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    Workforce System Strategies
    Posted 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. 

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    Workforce System Strategies
    Posted 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.

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    Workforce System Strategies
    Posted 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.

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    Workforce System Strategies
    Posted On: 12/9/2016

    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.

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    Workforce System Strategies
    Posted 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.

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    Workforce System Strategies
    Posted On: 11/11/2016

    According to the Community College Research Center, less than 40% of first-time college students who enrolled in a community college in the fall of 2009 earned a credential within six years. These WSS resources provide recommendations to help the public workforce system support community colleges. The findings describe how to address unmet financial needs, maintain access and quality, and increase attainment of degrees for students of all backgrounds.

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    Workforce System Strategies
    Posted On: 10/28/2016

    To honor the nation’s veterans and their service, the selected resources in this announcement demonstrate how the workforce system can transition service members into civilian jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2015, veterans accounted for 9% of the US adult population. While the veteran unemployment rate has fallen, challenges remain for veterans to translate their military experience into civilian jobs. These resources explore programs that help veterans access new careers.