Job Searching and Matching
As the economy becomes more volatile and short-term contracts more common, employers and job seekers must be more frequently matched, and institutional reforms that assist in that task become more important. The United States Employment Service is the main public labor market intermediary. Despite its large administrative size (about 1,800 offices nationally) and its large budget (more than $1.5 billion annually), the Employment Service serves only a fraction of the labor market and largely provides assistance in finding low-wage and temporary employment.
Could employment rates among the poor be raised substantially by providing them with more and better information on employment opportunities and more and better matching services? If you would like to learn more about job searching and matching, please consult the relevant work of our affiliates (see labor market key issue) or explore the Employment Service website.