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Pathways Back to Work Fact Sheet July 2013

Pathways Back to Work Fact Sheet July 2013

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  Pathways  Back  to  Work  Act:     Getting  More  Americans  Back  to  Work  Through  Employment,  Education  &  Training

   
July  2013

   

 

      The  House  of  Representatives  and  the  Senate  introduced  the  Pathways  Back  to  Work  Act  (H.R.     2770;  S.B.  1383)  modeled  on  provisions  in  the  President’s  FY  2014  budget  request.  The  bill   would  create  work  and  educational  opportunities  for  long-­‐term   Millions  of  Americans  are   unemployed  workers  and  low-­‐income  adults  and  youth.  The  provisions  of   Unemployed   the  Pathways  Back  to  Work  Act  include:          Nearly   2 2   million    $8  billion  for  subsidized  employment  and  supportive  services   Americans  are   for  low-­income  adults  and  those  who  are  long-­term   unemployed  and   unemployed.  Governors  would  have  the  option  of  administering   underemployed.   the  program  through  Temporary  Assistance  for  Needy  Families     (TANF)  agencies  or  local  workforce  boards  under  the  Workforce    The  long-­‐term   Investment  Act  or  a  combination  of  the  two.   unemployed  account     for  36  percent  of  the   unemployed.      $2.5  billion  for  summer  and  year-­round  employment     opportunities  youth  ages  16-­24,  who  are  neither  employed    The  jobless  rate   nor  in  school.  The  bill  would  encourage  local  workforce  boards  to   remains  elevated  at   create  employment  opportunities  in  emerging  or  in-­‐demand   over  7  percent.   occupations  and  to  provide  year-­‐round  youth  participants  with     education  and  training  leading  to  industry-­‐recognized  credentials.     Millions  of  Americans  are     Chronically  Unemployed    $2  billion  in  competitive  grants  for  a  range  of  work  and     learning  opportunities  that  help  low-­income  adults  and  youth    Over  700,000   obtain  education  and  training  leading  to  jobs  and  credentials.   individuals  return   Local  grantees  would  apply  for  and  receive  funding  to  carry  out:   from  prison  each  year.       • On-­‐the-­‐job  training  and  registered  apprenticeships;    An  estimated  636,017   • Sector-­‐based  training  programs  that  meet  the  needs  of   people  are  homeless  at   groups  of  employers   any  given  point.     • Strategies  that  lead  to  industry-­‐recognized  credentials  in     growing  fields;    1  in  4  low-­‐income   • Direct  work  experience  along  with  supportive  services;  or   single  mothers  –  about   • Adult  basic  education  services  or  integrated  education  and   1.5  million  –  are   training  models  that  allow  students  to  acquire  basic  skills   jobless  and  not   and  postsecondary  credentials.   receiving  benefits.         Congress  has  an  opportunity  to  support  a  job  creation  agenda  that    1  in  5  black  working-­‐ age  men  have  no  high   directly  gets  more  Americans  back  to  work  and  improves  the  lives  of   school  degree.     greater  number  of  Americans  and  their  families  through  work.  We     encourage  Congress  to  support  and  pass  the  Pathways  Back  to  Work  Act    An  estimated  30   and  chart  a  path  toward  a  shared  economic  prosperity  for  all  job  seekers.    

     

million  adults  in  the   U.S.  can  only  read  at   the  5th  grade  level.    

Why  America  Needs  Pathways  Back  to  Work    
The  Pathways  Back  to  Work  Act  is  critical  and  timely.  Millions  of  Americans  are  out  of   work.  Nearly  two  out  of  five  unemployed  workers  have  been  jobless  for  six  months  or  more   and  workers  who  have  been  unemployed  for  long  periods  find  it  increasingly  difficult  to  secure   employment.  In  June  2013,  the  alternative  unemployment  rate  measure  (which  includes  people   who  want  to  work  but  are  discouraged  from  looking  and  people  working   part  time  because  they  can’t  find  full-­‐time  jobs)  was  over  14  percent.   “I  gained  work   Individuals  with  low  education  and  skill  levels  continue  to  experience   experience  and   unemployment  rates  that  are  significantly  higher  than  those  of  more   learned  proper   educated  workers.  One  in  four  African  Americans  between  ages  18  and  24   work  effort  in  a   is  looking  for  a  job,  but  cannot  find  one,  as  are  more  than  one  in  seven   work  place.”   Hispanic  young  adults.    Meanwhile,  6.7  million  youth  are  neither  employed     nor  in  school.  Without  targeted  efforts  to  connect  unemployed  youth  and   Program  Participant   adults  to  jobs,  paid  work  experience,  education,  and  training,  many       Americans  will  likely  spend  the  better  part  of  a  decade  with  few  opportunities  to  work,  gain   skills,  or  earn  family  sustaining  wages.  These  trends  carry  long-­‐term  consequences  for   workers,  families  and  for  our  country’s  long-­‐term  economic  growth  and  competitiveness.  The   Pathways  Back  to  Work  Act  can  address  the  overall  job  shortage,  the  employment  needs  of   millions  of  Americans,  and  the  needs  of  business.       Subsidized  employment  programs  have  a  track  record  of  contributing  to  the   employment  and  earnings  gains  of  individuals  and  families  and  the  economic  health  of   communities  while  benefiting  employers.  Subsidized  and  transitional  jobs  and  work-­‐based   employment  strategies  are  successful  strategies  that  provide  unemployed   “Because  of  [the   adult  workers  and  youth  the  opportunity  to  earn  wages,  build  skills,  and   subsidized   connect  to  the  labor  market,  while  also  giving  businesses  an  incentive  to  hire   employment]   new  employees.  These  programs  have  positive  economic  ripple  effects  in   program,  our   communities.  For  a  program  in  select  Chicago  neighborhoods  that  placed   business  was  able   over  1,500  people  in  transitional  jobs  over  four  months,  demand  for  goods   to  service  more   and  services  increased  by  over  $5  million  because  of  the  program.    A   clients,  do  more   program  that  placed  over  27,000  individuals  in  subsidized  employment  over   outreach,   a  six  month  period  generated  nearly  $13.6  million  in  federal  income,   marketing  and   Medicare,  and  Social  Security  taxes  and  over  $2.7  million  in  state  income  tax.   capacity  building.”   In  addition,  these  programs  can  reduce  incarceration  rates;  reduce  reliance     on  public  benefits  and  lower  taxpayer  costs;  and  improve  educational   Chicago  Employer     outcomes  for  dependent  children.       America  is  stronger  and  the  economy  is  healthier  when  everyone  who  wants  to  work  can   find  a  job  and  advance  in  the  labor  market.  By  opening  doors  to  work  for  all  jobseekers   through  the  Pathways  Back  to  Work  Act  we  can  rebuild  the  foundation  on  which  the  American   Dream  is  realized.           The  National     Transitional  Jobs  Network  (NTJN)  is  a  national  coalition  dedicated  to  getting  chronically  unemployed   Americans  back  to  work.    
  We  advance  effective  employment  solutions  including  Transitional  Jobs  that  combine  wage-­‐paid  work,  job  skills  training,  and   supportive  services  to  help  individuals  facing  barriers  to  employment  succeed  in  the  workforce.  We  believe  that  every  person   deserves  the  opportunity  to  work  and  support  themselves  and  their  families  and  that  America  is  stronger  when  everyone   who  wants  to  work  can  find  a  job.  We  open  doors  to  work  through  Transitional  Jobs  programs,  research  and  evaluation,  education   and  training,  and  policy  advocacy.  

 

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