Examines how employment rates for older (55+) WIA Adult and Dislocated Workers are affected by labor market trends, WIA services and job training, and other participant demographic characteristics.

"This paper empirically examines factors affecting older workers' Entered Employment Rate using panel data models and identifies relevant policy implications. It starts with the background of an aging workforce and the current economic recession that makes training older workers critical. After reviewing literature on older workers' attributes and the uniqueness of older worker training, the paper tests two hypotheses: (1) some Workforce Investment Act (WIA) training and related service combinations can be identified to inform strategic decision-making about future allocations of WIA funds to serve older workers; and (2) WIA program success with older workers is sensitive to cyclical changes in labor market conditions” (Abstract). (Abstractor: Author)

Full publication title: Workforce Investment Act for Older Workers: Toward a Better Understanding of Older Worker Needs During the Economic Recovery