Unemployment program

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Unemployment program is a program or project undertaken to assist unemployed members of the population in securing employment.[citation needed]

Private programs

  • One privately funded program recommended by the General Accounting Office is "STRIVE" (Support and Training Results in Valuable Employment), in New York City’s East Harlem, primarily serves inner-city minorities and focuses on developing in clients a proper work attitude needed for successful employment rather than on providing occupational skills training. The program is noted for its strict, confrontational, and "no-nonsense" approach.[1] As of 1997, at its 19 sites in New York, Boston, Pittsburgh, and Chicago, Strive has put almost 14,000 people, 35 to 40 percent of them men, to work during a five-year period, at the modest cost of $1,500 each. Where most programs count themselves successful if participants are working after a final three-month follow-up, Strive, whose other defining characteristic is a lifetime commitment to clients, has been able to ensure that close to 80 percent of those placed are still working after two years.[2]


  1. Carlotta C. Joyner. "Employment Training: Successful Projects Share Common Strategy" (pdf), United States General Accounting Office, GAO Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Human Resources and Intergovernmental Relations, Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, House of Representatives. April 18, 1996. Referenced 2012-12-02.
  2. Kay S. Hymowitz "At Last, A Job Program That Works", City Journal, Winter 1997. Referenced 2012-12-02.