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  • Date posted:
    February 26th, 2013
    A new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that employment for teens is at the lowest level in 57 years. Nationwide, 6.5 million young people ages 16 to 24 are both out of school and out of work - statistics with dire economic and social consequences. The news is no better here at home. Oregon has the 11th highest percentage of unemployed teens in the country, with only 28% working. For young African-American males, the rate is even lower at 12%. There are more than 36,000 young people in the Portland metropolitan region who are not in school or working, and 1,500 more are likely to...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    February 7th, 2013
    Our latest quarterly performance report has been released containing information regarding the outcomes of our investments and stories of the people and businesses who benefit from them.// Read more
  • Date posted:
    February 6th, 2013
    Worksystems has been awarded a $529,837 National Emergency Grant from the US Department of Labor to assist 150 workers affected by the closure of one of Siltronic Corporation's manufacturing facilities at its plant in NW Portland. Working with a number of state and local partners, Worksystems lead the development of the grant and will administer the resources on behalf of Siltronic and the impacted workers. Grant resources will provide much needed training and support to help workers find new jobs in the area. "This grant will enable workers to gain the skills they need to transition to...// Read more
  • Date posted:
    February 4th, 2013
    A leading research firm, Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), recently analyzed the cost-benefit of Worksystems' investments in programs that help adults, dislocated workers and youth receive training and enter employment. It also looked at the operations of Worksystems and the agency's overall economic impact on the regional economy. The study found that our combined adult, dislocated worker and youth investments generated a cumulative added value of $5.17 in taxable income for every $1 dollar spent. This benefit impacts our regional economy through higher earnings for program...// Read more