ERIC Number: ED351480
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Dislocated Workers. Comparison of Assistance Programs. Briefing Report to Congressional Requesters.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
Information was collected and compared on services provided to dislocated workers by the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and the Economic Dislocation and Worker Adjustment Assistance (EDWAA) programs. (TAA and EDWAA are the two major federal programs created to help dislocated workers make the transition to new employment.) Findings were based primarily on review of programs in Michigan, New Jersey, and Texas. In each state, TAA programs served higher proportions of female workers, older workers, and workers with less than a high school education. Neither program had guidelines concerning which demographic groups these programs should target. Although officials generally agreed that early intervention was the key to successful service delivery, many TAA and EDWAA workers in each state had been out of work for at least 15 weeks before receiving training. About 41 percent of EDWAA participants in the 3-state analysis were not enrolled in training within the 15-week time frame. Providing income support (cash payments made after unemployment insurance was exhausted) gave TAA participants the option to enter longer-term training. Both programs provided classroom training. EDWAA provided on-the-job training in addition; TAA generally did not. An important measure of the coordination between TAA and EDWAA was the extent to which TAA-eligible workers were receiving EDWAA services to supplement TAA services. Levels of coordination varied considerably within the four states. (EDWAA placement and wage data are appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adults, Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Dislocated Workers, Educational Finance, Employment Programs, Employment Services, Federal Programs, Job Training, Unemployment Insurance
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (first copy free; additional copies $2 each; 100 or more: 25% discount).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.