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Sep 18, 2020

The Racial Income Gap and Benefits Cliffs

Income gaps along racial lines are the result of long-standing structurally discriminatory policies across U.S. institutions. Although laws have changed, the legacy of these policies still affects people today. Partners Update examines how benefits cliffs differentially affect minority populations.

Aug 24, 2020

Service Providers to Low-Income Communities Face Challenges of Their Own

Low-income individuals and communities are feeling the brunt of job losses due to the pandemic. At the same time, organizations providing support services to that population are facing their own challenges. Partners Update explores southeastern organizations’ sentiments from a national survey.

Jun 04, 2020

Dollars and Sense: Affordability of Childcare

For many working families with young children, childcare is essential to maintain employment. Childcare prepares children for kindergarten and future learning and success. Partners Update examines childcare during the economic downturn, including its costs.

May 13, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 Crisis, a Tale of Two Southeastern Cities

Congress passed the CARES Act and other legislation to help workers who have lost their jobs during the pandemic. Partners Update considers a case study of a hypothetical laid-off restaurant worker in Birmingham and Miami and the potential financial assistance he'd receive in each city.

May 05, 2020

Protecting Vulnerable Populations from COVID-19

COVID-19 is having disproportionate health and economic impacts on racial and ethnic minority, low-income, low-wealth, and rural residents. Partners Update examines research on tracking the spread of the virus to protect vulnerable citizens.

Apr 08, 2020

School's Out: Childcare Needs among Essential Health Care Workers and First Responders

Nurses, doctors, and emergency responders are essential workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. Many are juggling childcare while schools are closed. Partners Update explores the childcare needs of public health workers during the pandemic.

Mar 31, 2020

Benefits Cliffs as a Barrier to Career Advancement for Low-Income Adults: Insights from Employment Services Providers

How do counselors explain benefits cliffs to clients who want to advance in their careers? The authors conducted focus groups with employment service providers to address this question.

Feb 26, 2020

Research on Understanding and Overcoming Benefits Cliffs

Partners Update summarizes a recent discussion paper on benefits cliffs, which occur when a person’s gains in earnings are offset by the loss of public benefits. The paper offers potential policy interventions that may help mitigate benefits cliffs and promote career advancement.

Jan 31, 2020

Benefits Cliffs and the Financial Incentives for Career Advancement: A Case Study of the Health Care Services Career Pathway

What are the financial trade-offs a single parent faces when moving up the career ladder? The authors develop a new methodology to study the impact of benefits cliffs on the financial incentives to advance in a career.

Jun 25, 2019

Report Highlights Feedback on the CRA

The Federal Reserve Board has published a report that summarizes the stakeholder feedback it received from roundtable discussions on modernizing the Community Reinvestment Act. Read Partners Update for more details.

Jun 21, 2019

What Works at Scale? A Framework to Scale Up Workforce Development Programs

The author examines a sample of recent randomized controlled trials of workforce development programs and discusses how this body of evidence could inform policymakers about what works at scale.

Jun 21, 2019

Scaling Up Workforce Development Programs

Partners Update previews a discussion paper that provides workforce development policymakers with a two-step method to incorporate evidence-based programs at scale.

Jun 12, 2018

Building a Skilled Workforce for a Stronger Southern EconomyOff-site link

The report examines the structural roots and policy decisions in the South that created the current skills gap, and it offers solutions to close that gap. The Atlanta Fed's Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity, St. Louis Fed, and National Skills Coalition collaborated on the report.

Mar 22, 2018

How Do Firms Respond to Hiring Difficulties?

Two-thirds of firms polled in the Fed's 2017 Small Business Credit Survey have had trouble hiring over the past year. A new discussion paper investigates how firms use compensation, training, and job restructuring to respond.

Jun 22, 2017

An Eye on the Future: A Discussion about the Long-term Care Insurance Market

The Economy Matters podcast talks to Atlanta Fed economists about the long-term care insurance market. podcast

May 24, 2017

The Wherefores and Whys of Wages

After an extended period of relative stagnation, wages have been showing signs of growth. This episode of the Economy Matters podcast discusses recent wage trends and how the Atlanta Fed views wage behavior. podcast

Apr 13, 2017

Where Will Opportunity Knock? A Discussion of Opportunity Occupations

In an era when education's importance in the employment sector has steadily increased, what role do well-paying jobs that don't require a college degree play? An episode of the Economy Matters podcast talks to some Atlanta Fed experts. podcast

Feb 07, 2017

eBook: Developing Career-Based Training

This eBook examines various approaches to establishing technical and career-based training and the importance of building out the skills needed for the workforce in today's increasingly complex and rapidly changing global economy.

Jan 25, 2017

Uneven Opportunity: Exploring Employers' Educational Preferences for Middle-Skills Jobs Adobe PDF file format

The Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Philadelphia investigate the factors that contribute to employer requirements of a bachelor's degree for four key opportunity occupations.

May 12, 2016

The Developing State of Workforce Development

An evolving economy demands workers with evolving skill sets, and training employees to meet new employment demands is an ongoing challenge. The episode discusses trends in workforce development in the Southeast as well as nationally.

Mar 01, 2016

eBook: Models for Labor Market Intermediaries

This eBook explores the role of community and economic development organizations in workforce development and the importance of fostering and facilitating partnerships to address local workforce challenges.

Jan 11, 2016

Strength in Numbers: Regional Workforce Collaboration

Close collaboration in the workforce development field is the current trend, creating a more accessible system for businesses and job seekers alike. The Atlanta Fed's Stuart Andreason and Dee Baird of the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance discuss research findings on how the various players collaborate in the Economic Development podcast. podcast

Oct 29, 2015

Event: Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century

Key leaders and authors of Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st CenturyOff-site link shared their perspectives on workforce development and employment-related issues with an eye toward turning the book's ideas into action. The Atlanta and Kansas City Feds, Fed Board of Governors, and Rutgers' Heldrich Center for Workforce Development cohosted the event.

Sep 09, 2015

Identifying Opportunity Occupations in the Nation's Largest Metropolitan Economies

The report identifies good-paying jobs in the 100 largest U.S. metro areas for workers who have less than a four-year college degree. The Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta, Cleveland, and Philadelphia collaborated on the findings. Full report Adobe PDF file format  (8 MB) | Infographic Adobe PDF file format (392 KB)

Jun 15, 2015

Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st CenturyOff-site link

The book explores how new policies and practice can meet the changing needs of workers, businesses, and their communities. The Atlanta and Kansas City Feds and Rutgers' Heldrich Center for Workforce Development collaborated on the book, which has contributions from over 65 leading scholars and practitioners engaged in workforce development.

Apr 15, 2015

Fragmentation in Workforce Development and Efforts to Coordinate Regional Workforce Development Systems

Job training programs and other entities often work independently in the workforce development field, which can lead to fragmentation and inefficiencies. The authors study the Atlanta area's challenges in coordinating workforce development and present best practices in other cities.

Nov 24, 2014

Understanding the New Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The legislation funds the public workforce development system, which provides job training and placement services across the United States. Partners Update provides an overview of the act, which goes into effect next July.

Oct 15, 2014

Event: Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century

This national convening brought together workforce, economic, and community development professionals to hear from national experts on transformative education and workforce development strategies and policies. The Atlanta and Kansas City Feds and Rutgers' Heldrich Center for Workforce Development cohosted the event.

Mar 31, 2014

Evolution of the Ecosystem: State Workforce Development Agencies

State workforce development agencies are crucial in deploying federal funding related to job training and placement. Rich Hobbie of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies and Burt Barnow of George Washington University explore how these agencies are evolving as funding streams change. podcast