The response of the US public workforce system to high unemployment during the Great Recession

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version

Permanent URL for this page:

Author: Wandner, Stephen A.


The Great Recession and the high unemployment that followed have been the public workforce system's 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.

Published abstract.

Subjects: Employment; Governance; Policy; Economics; Finance; Evaluation

Keywords: Unemployment; Unemployed; Government role

Geographic subjects: North America; United States

Published: Washington, District of Columbia: Urban Institute, 2012

Physical description: iv, 51 p.

Access item:

Series: Urban Institute working paper; no. 4, September 2012

This working paper is part of the Unemployment and Recovery Project, an Urban Institute initiative to assess unemployment's effect on individuals, families, and communities; gauge government policies' effectiveness; and recommend policy changes to boost job creation, improve workers' job prospects, and support out-of-work Americans.

Resource type: Working paper

Call number: TD/TNC 110.448

Show Extra Info
QR Code for