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An individual's education, age, and health status may present barriers or opportunities to employability, just as a region's economy, tax base, and number of immigrants and emigrants may affect job availability. RAND research examines the impact of a range of policies and forces—personal, regional, and global—on employment and unemployment.

  • People wait in line for the Nassau County Mega Job Fair at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, October 7, 2014, photo by Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

    Content

    Focus on the American Worker

    Aug 22, 2016

    The American Worker blog series explores critical topics that affect America's workforce, including international trade, the minimum wage debate, changing demographics, and inequality in the labor market.

  • Veteran filling out job application, photo by Mie Ahmt/iStock

    Report

    More Research Would Inform Innovative Approaches to Veteran Employment

    Aug 22, 2016

    While the aim of veteran employment programs is to help veterans transition to civilian jobs, their impact is unclear. RAND hosted two workshops to recommend improvements to veteran employment opportunities and identify research gaps.

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  • Hundreds of veterans and 115 companies attend a military job fair in San Francisco, California, August 25, 2015

    Commentary

    The Changing Landscape of Veteran Employment Programs

    To understand trends in veteran employment, data must be collected on such factors as gender, race/ethnicity, military career field, and period and length of military service. In turn, this information will help policymakers tailor and adjust programs to target obvious gaps in career assistance efforts.

    Nov 10, 2015

  • David Milan, a retired Lt. Colonel in the Army Reserves, waits to speak with a recruiter during a job fair in Naperville, Illinois, October 27, 2011

    Essay

    Warriors in the Civilian Workforce: Helping Veterans Transition

    ​Americans who served during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq continue to face higher jobless rates than nonveterans. A growing body of RAND research has sought to identify what can help get more of them back on the job.

    Oct 28, 2015

  • Washington Tower, also known as the Pentagon City Tower, in the Pentagon City neighborhood of Arlington County, Virginia

    Announcement

    RAND Named One of 50 Greatest Places to Work by Washingtonian

    Washingtonian's biannual feature honors organizations that are recognized — by their employees — for excellent pay and benefits, challenging and interesting work, work/life balance, opportunities to learn and grow, commitment to charity and community, and the recognition and respect given to staff.

    Oct 26, 2015

  • A boy makes pastry at a shop in Darkush town, Idlib countryside, Syria, May 26, 2013

    Journal Article

    The Private Sector and Youth Skills and Employment Programs in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

    This report examines the involvement of the private sector in youth skills and employment in low- and middle-income countries.

    Oct 22, 2015

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    RAND Review: November-December 2015

    This issue reports on efforts to help veterans transition into the civilian workforce; uptake of buprenorphine as a recovery drug for those addicted to heroin and prescription painkillers; ways to combat poppy cultivation in Afghanistan; and more.

    Oct 19, 2015

  • Laborers carry bricks at a brick factory on the outskirts of Agartala, India, January 7, 2015

    Commentary

    Attacking Poverty Through Employability Interventions

    The UN's goal to end poverty is a worthy undertaking but less clear to policymakers is what the most efficient options are to reduce poverty through employment or training. An analysis of efforts in South Asia finds that investments in interventions that combine business training with financing could yield positive results.

    Oct 16, 2015

  • Two Indian men working in a textile shop

    Project

    Mapping the Diversity of Employment Interventions in South Asia

    RAND Europe has been commissioned by the World Bank to conduct a stocktaking exercise to map the diversity of employment interventions in South Asia. In addition, RAND will conduct a scoping review of international evidence on the impact of interventions.

    Oct 14, 2015

  • Two Indian men working in a textile shop

    Report

    Taking Stock of Employment Interventions in South Asia

    While the number has declined over recent decades, estimates of global poverty remain high. Employment is crucial to lift people out of poverty. A review of the most prominent employment interventions in South Asia could provide guidance for future efforts to increase employment.

    Oct 14, 2015

  • Infographic

    Translating Veterans' Training into Civilian Job Skills

    Military forces are trained in both technical specialties and "soft" skills that are vital to success in the civilian sector. This infographic translates examples of soft skills taught in the military into essential civilian workforce competencies.

    Oct 12, 2015

  • An Airbus A321 being assembled at the new Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama, September 13, 2015

    Commentary

    The Prospective Impact of Airbus Industries on Mobile

    Austal USA's operations in Mobile, Alabama have benefited the broader region. Similarly, Airbus's hiring should have a net favorable impact on the region's economy, since the area does not appear to be at or near full employment.

    Oct 10, 2015

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    Lessons from the 100,000 Jobs Mission

    Using Zwick Impact Funds, RAND convened a workshop connecting leaders in the Department of Defense and the Department of Labor with leaders in industry to address the challenges that remain surrounding veteran employment.

    Oct 1, 2015

  • Dissertation

    Hello, Goodbye: Three Perspectives on Public School District Staff Turnover

    Three essays each of which explores a different perspective on public school district staff turnover.

    Sep 14, 2015

  • Businesswoman working late in an office

    Commentary

    One in Five Hourly Employees Working Overtime Not Properly Compensated

    Most laws as old as the Fair Labor Standards Act regularly need tuning up. But its overtime provisions are complicated because some workers are exempt from being covered. A survey of more than 1,500 employed adults finds that employers are violating the rules.

    Sep 4, 2015

  • Offenders read books and write papers at a library in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice men's prison in Rosharon, Texas

    Content

    Correctional Education Policy Impact

    The impact of RAND's research into correctional education at a state, federal and international level.

    Sep 1, 2015

  • Workers prepare to change drilling pipes on the rotary table of a natural gas rig near Towanda, Pennsylvania, February 3, 2010

    Research Brief

    Aligning Education and Training to Meet Energy Workforce Needs

    Energy-sector employers in West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania report having difficulty filling semiskilled jobs. And the sector's technology is changing quickly. How can the region's leaders improve the workforce-development pipeline?

    Aug 31, 2015

  • Pipeline construction

    Report

    Energy-Sector Workforce Development in West Virginia

    The production of natural gas and gas liquids from shale in West Virginia has increased demand for workers. Ten action items can help the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia and other stakeholders support a well-aligned and coherent workforce-development pipeline.

    Aug 31, 2015

  • Working welder

    Report

    Energy-Sector Workforce Development in Southwestern Pennsylvania

    Technological innovations in the energy sector have increased demand for semiskilled labor in southwestern Pennsylvania. How can postsecondary educational and training programs adapt to the evolving skills demand?

    Aug 31, 2015

  • Tourists walk past the entrance to the Hurricane Katrina Memorial, New Orleans, Louisiana, August 23, 2015

    Blog

    Hurricane Katrina: 10 Years After the Storm

    This weekend marks 10 years since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast. As the region struggled to cope and rebuild after the storm, RAND experts worked on solutions to the region's long-term challenges.

    Aug 27, 2015

  • Young men collaborating in a workshop at the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, October 23, 2014

    Report

    Improving Mongolia's Labor Market and Enhancing Opportunities for Youth

    Despite a recent slowdown, Mongolia has experienced dramatic economic growth in the 2000s. Youth labor-market success is important to Mongolia's economic future. Insights from the challenges young Mongolians face, as well as their achievements and aspirations, can help inform policy.

    Aug 24, 2015

  • Research Brief

    Psychological Wellbeing and Work: Improving outcomes for people with common mental health problems

    This brief summarises key findings and recommendations from a report that explores proposals to improve employment and health outcomes for people with common mental health problems.

    Jul 8, 2015

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