ERIC Number: ED023788
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Jan-3
Reference Count: 0
Virginia Labor Mobility Pilot Project. Final Report.
Virginia Employment Commission, Richmond. Research, Statistics, and Information Div.
The Appalachian region of Southwest Virginia was selected as a surplus labor area in a pilot project to show the effectiveness of using financial assistance to increase mobility and reduce unemployment. Most of the workers were relocated in Alexandria, Newport News, Richmond, and Petersburg. Of the 920 unemployed workers interviewed, 200 were relocated an average distance of 300 miles with an average relocation allowance of $194. Some findings were: (1) The relocation effort was aided by financial assistance, (2) The tendency to relocate was greater among young people, (3) The tendency to return after relocation was highest among the very young and the old, (4) Employers were willing to cooperate, and (5) Many factors other than financial assistance influenced the program's success. Some problems were: (1) Approximately 89 percent of those interviewed had financial reserves of less than $100 which was not enough to tide them over until their first wages were received, (2) Recruiting for Job Corps and Manpower Development and Training Act classes was competitive with the relocation program, and (3) The time was insufficient to train the interviewers adequately. Some suggestions of the relocatees were: (1) Provide more detailed and specific job information, (2) Provide more help in locating housing and getting oriented, (3) Pay assistance money with less delay, and (4) Provide relocatees an opportunity to talk to employers before taking jobs. (DM)
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Authoring Institution: Virginia Employment Commission, Richmond. Research, Statistics, and Information Div.
Identifiers: Manpower Development and Training Act; Manpower Development and Training Act Programs; Virginia