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Work Trends Surveys on Unemployment

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Unemployment causes great stress not only on the individual who lost their job, but also to their entire family. The impact of unemployment has been researched at length by the Heldrich Center through its Work Trends surveys. From verbatim accounts from the unemployed to opinions of Americans who have been seeking employment for a year or longer, an in-depth portrait of social and economic experience is provided. Widespread national concern about the economy and job situation during the 2000-2003 recession revealed a large number of workers who had been laid off with no advance notice, no severance pay, and no career counseling from their employers. This led to lowered confidence in the American economy and political leadership as well as a desire for a stronger role for government and employers in assisting and supporting workers while they remain unemployed. Also examined were the employment issues most important to those who have found job opportunities and joined the workforce but were still living in poverty. These surveys explored barriers experienced by the working poor, such as lack of education and training and childcare.

Unemployment & Reemployment
Work Trends Surveys
Research Team: 
Carl E. Van Horn, Ph.D.
Funded By: 
Private contributions to the Heldrich Center
laid-off workers
Great Recession
workforce policy
working poor