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Bloomberg

Amy Yee

23 September 2021

New York, United States

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Thousands of undocumented immigrants who lost their jobs during the pandemic can now receive aid through the Excluded Workers Fund. The $2.1 billion fund is the largest of its kind and the result of 18 months of lobby...

Sentinel Source (The Keene Sentinel)

Jack Rooney

26 June 2021

New Hampshire, United States

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The State Early Learning Alliance is a membership organization of about 30 independent child care centers that pools resources to save money on essential services and free up time to focus on providing high-quality ca...

WTVR-TV

Caroline Coleburn

1 June 2021

South Carolina, United States

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If Virginia taxpayers who lost their jobs in the pandemic want to understand why their unemployment insurance payments lagged for months and why they couldn't get the Virginia Employment Commission on the phone, they ...

WTVR-TV

Shannon Lilly

1 June 2021

South Carolina, United States

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Four years before the pandemic caused unemployment compensation claims to spike, South Carolina took advantage of a federal grant to modernize its claims processing systems. That upgrade saved thousands of hours of ti...

Stateline

Kristian Hernández

25 May 2021

United States

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At least 11 states have enacted laws that automatically seal certain criminal records, to help people find jobs and housing without long-ago mistakes posing unfair obstacles. Pennsylvania's 2019 law has helped an esti...

Knox Pages

Cheryl Splain

26 March 2021

Knox County, Ohio, United States

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To help address burnout for child welfare workers in Knox County, Ohio, Knox County Job & Family Services has launched a two-pronged approach that aims to offer wellbeing services to employees. Although the Covid pand...

BBC

Jo Mathys

17 November 2020

Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

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Frustrated by a tight labor market, two locally owned Grand Rapids employers discovered the virtues – economic, not just moral – of hiring formerly incarcerated people, whose gratitude for an opportunity translated in...

Transitions Online

Dorota Salus

26 October 2020

Gdansk, Poland

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A program at the Gdansk Shakespeare Theater in Poland is creating job opportunities for people with Down syndrome after partnering with the city and a local foundation that supports job training and coaching for speci...

The Guardian

Jodi Helmer

14 August 2020

Asheville, North Carolina, United States

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With many people out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some cities and nonprofits are creating outdoorsy job programs to relieve unemployment. Inspired by the conservation corps programs created during the Great D...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Allie Barton

9 June 2020

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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To meet the financial needs of undocumented immigrants caught in the gap left by the federal CARES Act pandemic relief program, the advocacy group Aliento has distributed financial aid, educated workers about unemploy...

ProPublica

Alec MacGillis

3 June 2020

Germany

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Germany's creative workshare approach to stemming unemployment has prevented mass layoffs, unlike rising numbers in the United States. The German government provides payroll subsidies which allow an employer to keep o...

The Local

Clare Speak

30 May 2020

Italy

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The Italian government's attempt to assuage the financial fallout of the pandemic on small businesses, freelance workers, and the self-employed did not achieve the desired results despite the enormous size of the aid ...

The Guardian

Jon Henley

7 May 2020

Finland

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The Finnish government's experiment with basic income revealed the mental and emotional benefits associated with receiving a small monthly income. The 560-euro amount is not enough to live on but provides a financial ...

NPR

Greg Rosalsky

7 April 2020

Berlin, Germany

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“Kurzarbeit” is a German governmental program that helps preserve jobs in an economic crisis. A company can reduce the hours of workers and the government will help pay them, which preserves the important specialized ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

6 April 2020

Wilmington, Delaware, United States

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A technology service company based in Wilmington, DE hires neurodiverse employees, people with developmental disabilities, to fulfill roles that they may typically be overlooked for despite their skillsets. TPI avoids...

Next City

Oscar Perry Abello

24 March 2020

New York, United States

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Bartenders and restaurant workers rely heavily on tips and often work off the books, which puts them in a unique disadvantage when trying to collect financial aid during this pandemic. Some have thought of creative wa...

The New York Times

Liz Alderman

6 March 2020

Paris, France

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Europe's generous social policies, such as allowing employees to retain their salaries while taking sick time to care for themselves or family members, may help to mitigate the coronavirus outbreak while also safeguar...

The Baltimore Sun

Jessica Anderson

26 November 2019

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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In the first year of Baltimore's use of an anti-violence program for young men that has proven successful in Boston, the program successfully reached about half its targeted contacts, and from that group enrolled abou...

Ms. Magazine

Kristi Eaton

21 October 2019

McLoud, Oklahoma, United States

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Oklahoma’s Mabel Bassett Correctional Center is seeing its first graduating class of women coders. A nonprofit called The Last Mile offers training programs for incarcerated individuals with the goal of equipping them...

Philadelphia Gay News

Laura Smythe

11 September 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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For trans, non-binary, and gender nonconforming people, finding employment - and keeping it - can be difficult because of their identities. To help combat that, organizations like TransWork are creating employment pro...

Christian Science Monitor

David Karas

22 August 2019

Des Moines, Iowa, United States

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In Des Moines, Iowa, the Evelyn K. Davis Center provides wraparound support to a wide range of populations seeking stable employment. From internet access to financial counseling to job coaching, the center aims to "i...

NationSwell

Monica Humphries

16 August 2019

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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For young adults leaving prison in Atlanta, they have the opportunity to participate in Gangstas to Growers, a local nonprofit that provides job skills training and personal development. The program, created in 2016, ...

The Daily Record

Emily Morgan

30 July 2019

Fairfield, Ohio, United States

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In 2017, Ohio’s Fairfield County built a new jail that, for the first time in a long time, met minimum jail standards. Using bonds, the new jail included an increase in the amount of living space, better security stan...

Bloomberg

Ruben Munsterman

26 June 2019

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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In what is being called the "Amsterdam Approach," the Dutch capital has been providing comprehensive job services to new refugees to help them find employment - and help the city deal with its current labor shortage. ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

29 May 2019

Yonkers, New York, United States

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Greystone Bakery in Yonkers, N.Y., hires applicants without requiring drug tests, background checks, or credit checks as a way to prioritize future success rather than past actions. The bakery's system of "open hiring...

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