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O'Leary, Christopher J.
Eberts, Randall W.
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Upjohn Institute Working Paper 10-161
This paper examines labor market conditions and public employment policies in the United States during what some are calling the Great Recession. We document the dramatic labor market changes that rapidly unfolded when the rate of gross domestic product growth turned negative, from the end of 2007 through early 2009. The paper reviews the resulting stress on labor market support programs and the broad federal response. That response came through modifications to existing programs and the introduction of new mechanisms to help Americans cope with job loss and protracted unemployment. The particular focus is on federally supported public programs for occupational job skills training and temporary income replacement. We also discuss procedures for evaluating the effectiveness of public reemployment efforts, and adjustments to these programs that were adopted during the crisis.
job training
unemployment insurance
employment policy
federal stimulus
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
performance measurement
net impacts
cream skimming
adjustment methodology
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