Research Topics

Unemployment & Reemployment

In 2004, the Heldrich Center conducted a national survey of American workers and employers to identify the extent to which workers and employers were continuing to be affected by economic issues and business restructuring during the post-9/11 recession.

In 2003, the Heldrich Center conducted a national survey of American workers to identify the extent to which workers were affected by economic issues and business restructuring during the 2000-2003 recession. The survey showed that the economic situation during that period cut a wide swath of dislocation throughout the US economy, with nearly one in five American workers reporting that they were laid off from their jobs during the three-year period.

In 2002, the Heldrich Center began work with the September 11th Fund to provide grants management, technical assistance, research, and performance monitoring for the $78-million Employment Assistance Program, which served over 11,000 workers dislocated from their jobs in lower Manhattan following the terrorist attacks of 2001. The Center developed a comprehensive program design that was used to launch the program in the fall of 2002 and then worked with the Fund and service providers in New York City, New Jersey, and Long Island to manage the program until its conclusion in December 2004.

In 2004, the Heldrich Center produced an in-depth study that described the impact of job loss and offered a series of recommendations for workers, employers, and policymakers for dealing with the consequences of job loss. A variety of research methodologies were used to prepare the study’s report. The Center conducted eight focus groups with dislocated workers in both urban and rural regions, and conducted interviews with human resources executives, outplacement executives, and state workforce administrators and rapid response practitioners.

In 2008, the Heldrich Center began work for the State of New York to conduct a study of states that have been identified as high performing and innovative with regard to providing rapid response services.