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Back to work: testing reemployment services for displaced by Howard S. Bloom

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Have been terminated, laid off, or who have received a notice of termination or layoff from employment, are eligible for or have exhausted their entitlement to unemployment compensation and are unlikely to return to their previous industry or occupation 2. have been terminated or who have received a notice of termination of employment, as a result of any permanent closure of a plant or facility 3. are long-term unemployed and have limited opportunities for employment or reemployment in the same or a similar occupation in the area in which such individuals reside, including any older individuals who may have substantial barriers to employment by reason of age 8.

SER/JOBS also had to rely heavily on this applicant source. To deal with disparities in language backgrounds, SEE established separate classes for English- and Spanish-speaking participants. SER/JOBS filled classes on a first-come, first-served basis and taught them in the language spoken by the majority of participants. Targeting at all sites was influenced by a powerful financial incentive to enroll current UI claimants. This pressure was created by TDCA's decision to pass the JTPA Title III resource-matching requirement through to each site.

This was especially true for manufacturing, which paid over twice as much in Houston. In addition, Houston manufacturing jobs paid over 20 percent more than other local jobs, whereas El Paso manufacturing jobs paid somewhat less than other jobs. Because manufacturing was the primary source of economic displacement in both cities, subsequent wage losses were potentially larger in Houston than in El Paso. Furthermore, it may have been easier to identify key sources of displacement in El Paso and thereby target program resources, because its manufacturing firms were more than twice as large as those in Houston.

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