This report recaps the planning phase of the Foundation’s Jobs Initiative across six sites. The executive summary describes the accomplishments and challenges of locally-designed projects to help disadvantaged job seekers land family-supporting employment.
Jobs Initiative sites first identified the barriers that job seekers and their families face.
Sites explored promising industries and occupations to reveal opportunities for job seekers.
The six sites' regional economies ranged from robust (Denver and Seattle) to stagnant (New Orleans).
Race and Ethnicity
The sites varied in racial and ethnic composition. In New Orleans, Philadelphia and St. Louis, an overwhelming majority of low-skilled job seekers were African American.
Statements & Quotations
Whereas traditional workforce development programs often see that their responsibilities have ended once a job placement has occurred, most Jobs Initiative sites contend that the most important work to be done with individual job seekers often occurs after placement.
Welfare reform stands to alter the existing workforce development system in the six Jobs Initiative cities and throughout the nation. Not only will the number of people requiring job training and placement increase, there will be increased pressure to place the hardest to employ, especially once their five-year benefit periods expire.
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