The Response of the U.S. Public Workforce System to High Unemployment during the Great Recession

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The Response of the U.S. Public Workforce System to High Unemployment during the Great Recession

October 15, 2012

Abstract

The Great Recession and the high unemployment that followed have been the public workforce systems greatest challenge. How did the workforce system respond to these challenges? How has it performed over the past five years? How adequate has system funding been to serve the unemployed? This paper finds that that the American public policy response to the Great Recession was unbalanced and did not fully serve the immediate needs of unemployed workers by adequately funding reemployment and training services.

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