Meeting the Challenge: Improving Dislocated Worker Services in Ohio

Source: Jon Honeck, Policy Matters Ohio, February 2008

Policy Matters Ohio has today released a new report, Meeting the Challenge: Improving Dislocated Worker Services in Ohio. The report finds that Ohio’s rapid response program has failed to spend available federal WIA funds and that Ohio’s local workforce areas have served few individuals through their dislocated worker programs, providing intensive services or training to only 3145 individuals statewide in PY 2006. The report, authored by Policy Matters Ohio economist Jon Honeck, advocates that Ohio adopt three reforms: (1) set numerical targets for local areas to serve minimal levels of dislocated workers with intensive services or training and require corrective action plans for local areas not meeting the targets, (2) review local area procedures for determining eligibility for WIA services and develop rules that reduce barriers to WIA services, and (3) standardize and improve rapid response services to improve the flow of dislocated workers into one-stop centers for easier and quicker provision of services to workers.

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