Study Details for:
Decker, Paul T., Lance Freeman, and Daniel H. Klepinger (1999). Assisting Unemployment Insurance claimants: The one-year impacts of the Job Search Assistance demonstration, Washington, DC: Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. [ SJSA DC]

Study URL: Not available

Evaluation: Job Search Assistance (JSA) Demonstration

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

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

Populations Targeted Unemployed
Setting Urban only
Services Provided Case management, Work readiness activities
Outcome Domains Examined Short-term employment, Favorable Impacts FoundShort-term earnings, Favorable Impacts FoundShort-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

Employed, quarter 3 after the initial UI claim, %
Unadjusted mean = 47.1 Unadjusted mean = 45.4 1.7 No Effect 1-High High (3 of 3) Structured Job Search Assistance and control groups in District of Columbia 4,022 UI claimants UI wage records, quarters 1-3
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Outcome Treatment Group Comparison Group Impact Findings Strength of Evidence Study Sample Sample Size Data Source and Timing
1 Authors' significance test is one-tailed (95 percent level).

Earnings, quarter 3 after the initial UI claim, $1
Unadjusted mean = 1,968 Unadjusted mean = 1,744 225 Favorable 1-High High (3 of 3) Structured Job Search Assistance and control groups in District of Columbia 4,022 UI claimants UI wage records, quarters 1-3
Toggle Short-term benefit receiptShort-term benefit receipt
Outcome Treatment Group Comparison Group Impact Findings Strength of Evidence Study Sample Sample Size Data Source and Timing
1 Negative impact is favorable; authors' significance test is one-tailed (95 percent level).

UI benefits received during year 1, $1
Unadjusted mean = 4,053 Unadjusted mean = 4,236 -182 Favorable 1-High High (3 of 3) Structured Job Search Assistance and control groups in District of Columbia 4,038 UI claimants UI claims records, year 1

Study Characteristics

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Participant Detail Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants eligible for the demonstration in the District of Columbia were slightly more likely to be female than male (55 percent) and most likely to be African American (83 percent). At the start of the study, 15 percent did not have a high school diploma. A majority (57 percent) had been employed in services industries. Before the study, 59 percent had been employed in clerical or sales occupations, and 62 percent had been employed in their previous job for fewer than three years.
Program Services Unemployment Insurance claimants were required to participate in an orientation, aptitude and interest testing, a job search workshop, and a one-on-one assessment interview, and were required to have at least two additional contacts with staff after these initial activities to report on their job search progress.
Program Duration On average, UI claimants in the demonstration treatment groups completed services in 62 days after their UI benefit year began.
Comparison Services Unemployment Insurance claimants were required to fulfill the usual requirements in the District of Columbia to continue receiving unemployment compensation benefits. They could receive any services available in the community.
Toggle Study Design Study Design
Strength of Evidence Description High
Group Formation Eligibility for the demonstration was determined through a two-stage screening process that first identified UI claimants who were permanently separated from their previous job and then selected claimants who were mostly likely to exhaust their UI benefits. Eligible claimants were randomly assigned 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 SJSA treatment to the control condition in Washington, DC.
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, the rate of UI exhaustion, percentage employed in the first and second quarters, weeks worked in the first and second quarters, earnings in the first and second quarters, and hourly wages in post- UI job.
Subgroups Studied None
Other Domains Examined None
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Setting Details Demonstration participants were selected randomly from among all eligible claimants in Washington, DC, and then served in a single office.
Timing of Study June 1995 to June 1996
Study Funding The funder for the study was the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Unemployment Insurance Service.
Study URL Not available