According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, long-term unemployed persons are defined as those who have been unemployed for 27 weeks or more. According to the Urban Institute, relative to currently employed workers, the long-term unemployed (LTU) tend to be less educated and are more likely to be nonwhite, unmarried, disabled, impoverished, and to have worked previously in the construction industry and construction occupations.

Subject Matter Expert Series

H-1B Ready to Work: Strategies for Retaining Participants

This seminar provided H-1B RTW grantees with principles from behavioral economics and motivational interviewing to explore ways grantee programs can influence participant decision making about whether to stay or go. It focused on unleashing the potential of competition, peer pressure, public recognition and staff-participant mentor relationships to foster adherence and participation.


H-1B RTW LTU SME: Promoting Paid Work Experience to Employers Using Benefit Driven Recruitment Strategies Resource Brief 

This resource brief outlines the “demand-driven” business services model that focuses on the integration of workforce and economic development principles and the creation of responsive, flexible programming that is customized to meet the needs of each employer that is served by grantees.


LTU SME Webinar series: Breaking Down the Barriers        

This webinar focused on the challenges long-term unemployed (LTU) workers experience and the solutions to help LTU overcome obstacles as they look for jobs and prepare for new employment. It provided information on the differences between working with LTU job seekers versus other types of job seekers and provided techniques for serving this population.


Re-engaging Older and Discouraged Workers Back into the Workforce

This resource brief focuses on strategies for the public workforce system to use social and local media to create successful recruitment campaigns targeted to older workers.  It also addresses the impacts of globalization and technology on the labor market relative to older workers.  In addition, it identifies tactics for educating job seekers to the realities of the market and coping with emotional needs and collateral damage of extended long-term unemployment for discouraged workers.