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STATE CAPITOL BRIEFS - AFTERNOON EDITION - TUESDAY, JAN. 26, 2016

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STUDY POINTS TO HIGHER EARNINGS FOR TRAINED WORKERS

Study results released Tuesday show that once-unemployed workers earn an average of $13.95 per hour after completing a job training program and as a result are less dependent on state support. The report, funded by a grant from Skillworks and conducted by strategy and assessment firm Root Cause, found that 76 percent of the graduates from the 12 job training programs studied over the course of one year were employed following graduation. Participants who were unemployed before enrolling in a training program were found to be earning an average of $13.95 an hour and those who had been employed saw an average of a 65 percent increase in their earnings after completion of the training program. "Without job training, our clients would be unemployed or stuck in part-time, low-wage jobs," Sunny Schwartz of the Asian American Civic Association said. "With job training, they launch excellent careers which dramatically increase their lifetime earnings, turning them from being reliant on unemployment insurance or public benefits into tax-paying citizens." The study also found that the state saw a 515 percent increase in taxes paid by job training program participants and a 67 percent reduction in their use of public benefits. - Colin A. Young/SHNS

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