ERIC Number: ED462581
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Assisting Unemployment Insurance Claimants: The Long-Term Impacts of the Job Search Assistance Demonstration.
Decker, Paul T.; Olsen, Robert B.; Freeman, Lance; Klepinger, Daniel H.
In order to measure their effectiveness in promoting rapid re-employment and shorter spells during which claimants are entitled to collect unemployment insurance (UI), the U.S. Department of Labor tested these three assistance strategies in the District of Columbia (8,071 claimants selected during June 1995-June 1996) and Florida (12,042 claimants selected during March 1995-March 1996): (1) Structured Job Search Assistance (SJSA), which required orientation, testing, job search workshops, and a one-on-one assessment interview; (2) Individualized Job Search Assistance (IJSA), which provided services based on needs of claimants; and (3) Individualized Job Search Assistance with Training (IJSA+), which provided the services of IJSA plus training provided by other agencies for interested claimants. Claimants were assigned at random to one of the three treatment groups or to a control group. Among the findings are the following: (1) compared to the control group, all treatments reduced UI receipts for the first year, with the largest impact occurring in the Structured Job Search Assistance group in the District of Columbia, where it was shortened by more than a week; (2) no treatments reduced UI receipt beyond the first year; (3) the researchers were not able to definitively answer which treatment was most effective in reducing UI spells; (4) the treatments had uneven impacts on employment and earnings; and (5) compared to the control group, all treatments led claimants to contact more employers per week in their job search. (CML)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Comparative Analysis, Cost Effectiveness, Demonstration Programs, Dislocated Workers, Employment Patterns, Employment Potential, Employment Programs, Employment Services, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Job Applicants, Job Search Methods, Job Training, Program Effectiveness, State Programs, Unemployment, Unemployment Insurance, Wages
For full text: http://wdr.doleta.gov/owsdrr/00-2/00-02.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mathematica Policy Research, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; Florida