Project Description

Meet the out-of-work: Local profiles of jobless adults and strategies to connect them to employment

Imagine a divorced 50-something white woman who used to work as a teacher’s aide, a 30-year-old black man who lives with his mother after losing his warehouse packing job, and a 25-year-old Latina single mother with very little work experience. They may not have a lot in common, but all belong to a category we call the “out-of-work population.” Their experiences
illustrate the varied backgrounds and circumstances of out-of-work individuals, and they are a few of the composite personas developed as part of a novel way of defining and understanding this population, described in further detail in this report.