Back to Work Oregon

Back to Work Oregon is a statewide hire first program that places unemployed job seekers in jobs while providing resources to the businesses to help train the new employees.  This $6.3M initiative launched in 2011 with the goal of getting Oregon's economy back on track. Worksystems administers Back to Work Oregon in our region and since its inception, the program has helped employ and train 1,600 area job seekers while providing nearly 500 local employers with the talent they need to grow their businesses and our economy. 

Performance Outcomes:

Performance Indicators Program Goals Progress to Date
Participants placed 1,356 1,599
Participants completing program 1,288 1,235
Percent of people of color no goal set 33%
Average wage at placement no goal set $15.60
Participants placed in match program 1,123 1,688

All program goals have been exceeded!

Demographics of Participants:

Male 1,036
Female 563
Hispanic/Latino 225
American Indian or Alaska Native 22
Asian 119
Black or African American 92
Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 21
White 1,086
More than one race 82
Veteran 102
Low Income 518

Hear from Joanne, a Back to Work Oregon success story!

Key Findings and Lessons Learned:

On-the-job training through Back to Work Oregon works for entry level positions as well as highly skilled jobs with a wage at placement spread of $10/hour (entry level, low skill) to $30/hour (Electrical Engineer). As this was a multi-year project with an annual funding allocation, the time gap between funding periods created disruptions with staffing as well as employer relations.