Public Training Programs

Most job training in the United States is privately funded, but low-income workers and disadvantaged youth rely heavily on publicly funded programs.

These include the Workforce Investment Act (WIA, reauthorized in 2014 as the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act), and its predecessors, the Job Training Partnership Act and the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act.

During the Great Recession, WIA received more money to provide training for adults, especially laid-off workers and the long-term unemployed, and youth. Upjohn researchers have tracked the effects of the additional funds.


Book explores whether surveys of workforce training program participants are useful

October 14, 2021 · Research Highlight
The authors are the first to assess such measures, despite their widespread use.

Training Contact Tracing Workers: The Need Right Now

April 17, 2020 · Research Highlight

Retraining Workers in the Post-COVID-19 Economy

April 17, 2020 · Research Highlight

All Research

Unemployment after Welfare Reform

April 1, 2010 · Research

The Road to Welfare Reform

January 1, 2010 · Research

Does the Workforce Investment Act Work?

November 1, 2009 · Research

Evaluating WIA Using Administrative Data

September 16, 2009 · Research