According to a new study released today by the Employment Security Department, the state’s WorkSource system is a good taxpayer investment.
The “Assessment of the effect of WorkSource job-search services” found that, even during the depths of the Great Recession, unemployed workers tended to find work faster after using WorkSource job-search services.
During the 21 months covered by the study, WorkSource clients earned an average of $1,980 more than job seekers who didn’t seek job-search assistance. During the final 12 months, the average difference in earnings was $2,085 a year.
Researchers followed nearly 9,000 unemployment recipients from the fourth quarter of 2007, at the beginning of the recession, through the second quarter of 2009, when the recession officially ended. The group was divided between those who received WorkSource services during the first six months of the study period and a group who did not.
“This study shows that taking a little time up front to get help with your job-seeking skills can actually help you return to work faster and at a better wage,” said Employment Security Commissioner Dale Peinecke.
The study investigated whether the federal funding spent on the WorkSource system produced benefits to society as a whole. “There’s no doubt that taxpayers’ investment in WorkSource is really paying off,” said Peinecke.
Nearly 280,000 people in Washington received assistance from WorkSource in 2012.
For more information, visit go2worksource.com.