Study Details for:
Decker, Paul, Robert Olsen, Lance Freeman, and Daniel Klepinger (2000). Assisting Unemployment Insurance claimants: The long-term impacts of the Job Search Assistance Demonstration, Washington, DC: Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. [ IJSA Florida]

Study URL: http://wdr.doleta.gov/owsdrr/00-2/00-02.pdf (Link not working?)

Evaluation: Job Search Assistance (JSA) Demonstration

Program Studied: Job Search Assistance Demonstration—Individualized Job Search Assistance [ IJSA]
See Study Characteristics tab below for more information about this program.

Strength of Evidence: 1-High High (3 of 3)

Populations Targeted Unemployed
Setting Mixed (urban and rural)
Services Provided Case management, Work readiness activities
Outcome Domains Examined Short-term employment, Long-term employment, Short-term earnings, Long-term earnings, Favorable Impacts FoundShort-term benefit receipt, Long-term benefit receipt

Findings

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Outcome Treatment Group Comparison Group Impact Findings Strength of Evidence Study Sample Sample Size Data Source and Timing

Employment in the 6th quarter after the initial UI claim, %
Unadjusted mean = 64.1 Unadjusted mean = 62.8 1.3 No Effect 1-High High (3 of 3) IJSA versus control groups in Florida 5,990 UI claimants UI wage records for the first 6 quarters after the initial UI claim
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Outcome Treatment Group Comparison Group Impact Findings Strength of Evidence Study Sample Sample Size Data Source and Timing

Employment in the 12th quarter after the initial UI claim, %
Unadjusted mean = 49.2 Unadjusted mean = 49.0 0.1 No Effect 1-High High (3 of 3) IJSA versus control groups in Florida 5,159 UI claimants UI wage records for the first 12 quarters after the initial UI claim
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Outcome Treatment Group Comparison Group Impact Findings Strength of Evidence Study Sample Sample Size Data Source and Timing

Earnings in the 6th quarter after the initial UI claim, $
Unadjusted mean = 2,920 Unadjusted mean = 2,955 -36 No Effect 1-High High (3 of 3) IJSA versus control groups in Florida 5,990 UI claimants UI wage records for the first 6 quarters after the initial UI claim
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Outcome Treatment Group Comparison Group Impact Findings Strength of Evidence Study Sample Sample Size Data Source and Timing

Earnings in the 12th quarter after the initial UI claim, $
Unadjusted mean = 2,598 Unadjusted mean = 2,548 50 No Effect 1-High High (3 of 3) IJSA versus control groups in Florida 5,159 UI claimants UI wage records for the first 12 quarters after the initial UI claim
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Outcome Treatment Group Comparison Group Impact Findings Strength of Evidence Study Sample Sample Size Data Source and Timing
1 Negative impact is favorable.

UI benefits received, year 1, $1
Unadjusted mean = 2,628 Unadjusted mean = 2,728 -100 Favorable 1-High High (3 of 3) IJSA versus control groups in Florida 6,021 UI claimants UI claims records for the year after the initial UI claim
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Outcome Treatment Group Comparison Group Impact Findings Strength of Evidence Study Sample Sample Size Data Source and Timing

UI benefits received, year 2, $
Unadjusted mean = 323 Unadjusted mean = 321 2 No Effect 1-High High (3 of 3) IJSA versus control groups in Florida 6,021 UI claimants UI claims records for the two years after the initial UI claim

Study Characteristics

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Participant Detail Unemployment Insurance claimants eligible for the demonstration in Florida were slightly more likely to be male than female (54 percent) and most likely to be white (62 percent). When the study began, 26 percent did not have a high school diploma. The UI claimants had been employed in a variety of industries. Before the study, nearly half had been employed in clerical and sales occupations, and 61 percent had been employed in their previous job for fewer than 3 years.
Program Services Unemployment Insurance claimants were required to participate in an orientation and a one-on-one assessment interview. During the interview, program staff developed a service plan to address the claimant's needs; the plan’s demonstration-specific services, such as aptitude and interest testing, attending a job search workshop, or additional counseling, were mandatory.
Program Duration On average, Unemployment Insurance claimants in the demonstration treatment groups completed services in 65 days after their Unemployment Insurance benefit year began.
Comparison Services Unemployment Insurance claimants were required to fulfill the usual requirements in Florida to continue receiving unemployment compensation benefits. They could receive any services available in the community.
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Strength of Evidence Description High
Group Formation Evaluators determined who was eligible for the demonstration through a two-stage screening process that first identified Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants who were permanently separated from their previous job and then selected the claimants who were mostly likely to exhaust their UI benefits. The evaluators then randomly assigned eligible claimants to one of three treatment groups—Structured Job Search Assistance (SJSA), Individualized Job Search Assistance (IJSA), or Individualized Job Search Assistance with Training (IJSA+)—or to a control group. This review focuses on comparisons of the IJSA treatment to the control condition in Florida.
Effect Calculation The effects reported by the authors and displayed on this site are the raw mean differences between the groups.
Notes on Reported Outcomes The study also reports weeks of UI benefits received during the benefit year, rate of UI exhaustion, percentage employed in each of the first 12 quarters, earnings in each of the first 12 quarters, and hourly wages in post- UI job.
Subgroups Studied Race/ethnicity; sex; initial education level
Other Domains Examined None
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Setting Details Ten Jobs and Benefits offices in Florida.
Timing of Study March 1995 to March 1996
Study Funding The funder for the study was the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Unemployment Insurance Service.
Study URL http://wdr.doleta.gov/owsdrr/00-2/00-02.pdf