Upjohn Institute Press

Pages: 431
Year Published: 
$30.00 paper
ISBN: 9780880994712

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: The Role of Workforce Programs

Burt S. Barnow and Richard A. Hobbie, Editors

Policymakers responded to economic turmoil caused by the Great Recession by enacting the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Signed into law in early 2009, the Recovery Act was intended to provide economic stimulus mainly by saving and creating much-needed jobs.

During the run-up to enactment, as the recession deepened, state labor exchange agencies faced serious challenges in meeting the needs of the growing number of job seekers. The unemployment insurance (UI) system was similarly taxed. The Recovery Act provided funding to agencies that allowed them to hire additional staff and expand eligibility and services.

This volume examines whether those additional funds—funneled through the Employment Service and the UI system—were adequate to meet the significant challenges facing the agencies, and whether the agencies used the funding in a timely and efficient manner.

Overall, this book serves as an important state-by-state reference on the workings of a system that, stretched as it was, helped many despite the unprecedented challenges it faced. 

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