New Research Shows Value of Subsidized Employment Programs to Employers, Employees
May 29, 2013
On May 21, CLASP and the National Transitional Jobs Network (NTJN) hosted a webinar featuring Mark Elliott and Anne Roder of Mobility, presenting on new research they have conducted on the value of subsidized employment programs. This research, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, looked at the employment experiences of participants in five subsidized employment programs operated in 2009 and 2010 under the federal TANF Emergency Fund. The Mobility research also included a survey of employers who participated in follow-up programs in four sites. Stan McMorris, the Deputy Executive Director for the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, commented on the findings and on his agency’s experience in operating Mississippi STEPS, one of the programs featured in the report.
Mobility found that workers in the subsidized employment programs experienced increased employment and earnings, even after the subsidized jobs ended. This was true both for programs where the workers were hired directly by the employers, and for ones where workers were placed on the payroll of a third-party intermediary. Long-term unemployed workers benefited particularly.