The Employment Service:

Problems and Opportunities for Improvement

HRD-76-169: Published: Feb 22, 1977. Publicly Released: Feb 22, 1977.

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Since establishment of the Employment Service in 1933, it has served as a labor exchange for persons seeking work and for employers with jobs to fill. Meanwhile, many other placement sources have developed and the Service now handles a relatively small and specialized part of the labor market--jobs and persons characterized by low pay.

In fiscal year 1975, the Service helped employers find qualified applicants for 73 percent of the job openings listed. However, the Service reportedly placed only 17 percent of its 18.5 million job applicants. Over half of the applicants did not receive any help, and most placements were in low paying jobs.

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