Community Jobs Program Moves People from Welfare to a Career Track

Report | April 1, 2002 | By Erin Burchfield

Executive Summary

Community Jobs (CJ) is the nation’s oldest and largest transitional jobs program providing paid work experience, training, education, and support services for welfare recipients who have not had success in finding or keeping a job. Based on wage data, the Economic Opportunity Institute assessed employment, job retention, and wage progression for Community Jobs participants and reports the following results:

  • 72% of CJ participants find gainful employment.
  • Average income of post-CJ workers increase 60% during their first two years in the workforce and is 148% higher than their pre-CJ income.
  • Once in the workforce, CJ participants tend to stay in the workforce.

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