Employment and Unemployment

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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.

  • A construction worker in a hard hat carrying pipes, photo by VeSilvio/Adobe Stock

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    American Working Conditions Survey

    Aug 14, 2017

    How do Americans perceive their workplace? RAND's American Working Conditions Survey shows workers find their jobs physically demanding, hazardous, and hectic—but also social and supportive, and many retirees would prefer to return to work.

  • Soldiers meet with civilian recruiters at a job fair at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, photo by Rob Martinez/U.S. Army

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    Job Search Process Is Working for Veterans

    Feb 8, 2018

    A comparison of the unemployment experiences of ex–service members and civilians finds that while both groups had similar durations of unemployment, veterans delayed filing for benefits. But once engaged with employment services, they made active use of tools like job referrals and training.

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