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. [ IJSA+ Florida]

Study URL: Not available

Evaluation: Job Search Assistance (JSA) Demonstration

Program Studied: Job Search Assistance Demonstration—Individualized Job Search Assistance with Training [ 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, Training, Work readiness activities
Outcome Domains Examined Short-term employment, Short-term earnings, Short-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, 3rd quarter after the initial UI claim, %
Unadjusted mean = 64.1 Unadjusted mean = 62.1 2 No Effect 1-High High (3 of 3) Individualized Job Search Assistance with Training and control groups in Florida 5,956 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

Earnings, 3rd quarter after the initial UI claim, $
Unadjusted mean = 2,364 Unadjusted mean = 2,317 47 No Effect 1-High High (3 of 3) Individualized Job Search Assistance with Training and control groups in Florida 5,956 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

UI benefits received, year 1, $
Unadjusted mean = 2,655 Unadjusted mean = 2,728 -73 No Effect 1-High High (3 of 3) Individualized Job Search Assistance with Training and control groups in Florida 6,003 UI claimants UI claims records, year 1

Study Characteristics

Toggle Participants & Program Details Participants & Program Details
Participant Detail Unemployment Insurance (UI) 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). About a quarter (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 three years.
Program Services Unemployment Insurance claimants were required to participate in an orientation and a one-on-one assessment interview. During the interview, a service plan to address the claimant's needs was developed; demonstration-specific services in the plan, such as aptitude and interest testing, attending a job search workshop, or additional counseling, were mandatory. In addition, a special effort was made to enroll interested claimants in training through coordination with local Economic Dislocation and Worker Adjustment Act staff.
Program Duration On average, UI claimants in the demonstration treatment groups completed services in 65 days after their UI 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.
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 the 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 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, 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
Toggle Study Setting Study Setting
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 Not available