ERIC Number: ED116038
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Oct
Reference Count: 0
A Study of On-Line Use of Job Information in Employment Service Local Offices. Volume 1: An On-Line Experiment. Period February 15, 1974-October 31, 1975. Final Report.
Cohen, Malcolm S.
The report describes an experimental study involving an on-line placement system in Boulder, Colorado which permitted applicants to request information from a terminal on any job stored in the computer. Data were collected on applicants referred by the Employment Service: whether or not hired, reason for not being hired if not hired, applicant characteristics, and job characteristics. A telephone follow-up, made approximately 150 days after placement, determined tenure on the job, wage rate, hours worked, reason for termination, and date of termination when applicable. Applicants who were referred as a result of a computerized job search had a better chance of finding jobs, stayed on the job longer, and earned more money than applicants referred through self-service microfiche readers. There was not evidence, however, that the computer increased the chances of placement or duration on jobs over those achieved by manual applicant searches for special target groups. Speed of retrieval and consequent cost decreases favor the computer search procedure over the manual. With better applicant and job descriptors, the system could likely be improved. Nearly 50 pages of appendixes provide an abridged version of the users' guide, referral status file descriptors, and regressions. (Author/JR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC. Office of Research and Development.
Authoring Institution: Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI. Inst. of Labor and Industrial Relations.; Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Inst. of Labor and Industrial Relations.
Note: For Volume 2, see CE 005 601