Subsidized employment is a promising strategy for boosting incomes and improving labor market outcomes and well-being, especially for disadvantaged workers. The Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality's spring 2016 report on subsidized employment, "Lessons Learned from 40 Years of Subsidized Employment Programs," is the most extensive review on this topic to date. It was featured in The Atlantic article, “The Case for a New WPA,” which discussed the potential of a national subsidized jobs program.
This report evaluates subsidized employment programs and models spanning four decades that target populations with serious or multiple barriers to employment in the United States. It includes a framework aimed at helping practitioners develop more innovative and effective programs by identifying key elements of program design and implementation and a set of recommendations for policymakers and practitioners for further use of subsidized jobs programs.
Executive Summary of the report available here.
"Lessons Learned From 40 Years of Subsidized Employment Programs" has received a great deal of attention from the media and practitioners, researchers, and policymakers. In particular, the report is included in the Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse (SSRC) of the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE). Also, The Atlantic featured the report in “The Case for a New WPA,” which considered the promise for a national subsidized jobs program.
- "The Case for a New WPA," The Atlantic
- "Georgetown Study Finds Subsidized Jobs Sustainable," Street Sense
- "Subsidized Jobs Need Dedicated Funding," Off the Charts, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
- "Subsidized Jobs Programs Work, New Report Shows," Off the Charts, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
- "Report: Subsidized Job Systems Cost-effectively Decrease Unemployment and Poverty," WIN: Workers Independent News [Radio]
- "What Do We Know about Subsidized Employment Programs?," Conversable Economist
- "Allegedly on the Issues - Episode 12" on Subsidized Employment as a Strategy for Returning Inmates [Podcast]
- "Why Not Consider Job Subsidies for Returning Inmates?," Viewpoints, The Crime Report
- "America Needs a Big Investment in Subsidized Employment," National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity Blog, National Transitional Jobs Network
- "New Report Documents Benefits of Subsidized Jobs Programs for Disadvantaged Workers," Unfinished Business Blog, The Leadership Conference Education Fund
- "Impacts of Jobs Programs Can Run Deep," Exclusive Commentary, Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
- "Subsidized Jobs Programs Work," Joint Op-ed with Julie Kerksick of Community Advocates, Milwaukee Sentinel
The report was featured in many other organizations' newsletters.
- E-News, National Skills Coalition
- NTJN National Initiatives, Heartland Alliance National Initiatives
- This Week at the Academy, National Academy of Social Insurance
- Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
- NASWA Newswire
- Covering Poverty: A Toolkit for Journalists
- OFA PeerTA, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
The center joined Community Legal Services and the Community Justice Project in submitting comments on Pennsylvania's proposed WIOA Combined State Plan. The comments outline the importance of allocating the full share of funding under WIOA that may be dedicated to transitional employment, a form of subsidized employment that focuses on transitioning workers into unsubsidized employment.
The center will continue to lead the conversation on this proven and promising employment strategy, including hosting an upcoming webinar for practitioners and advocates and a policy proposal for a national subsidized jobs program to be published by the Russell Sage Foundation in fall 2016.
Report released spring 2016: "Lessons Learned From 40 Years of Subsidized Employment Programs."