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All I want is a job! : unemployed women navigating the public workforce system / Mary Gatta.


  • Book Book
  • ISBN: 9780804790826 (pbk.)
  • ISBN: 0804790825 (pbk.)
  • ISBN: 9780804781336 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 0804781338 (hardcover)
  • Description: xiv, 150 pages : charts ; 22 cm.
  • Publisher: Stanford, California : Stanford Economics and Finance, an imprint of Stanford University Press, 2014.

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0 current holds with 3 total copies.

Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Gloucester Adult New Books New 331.4137/Gatta (Text to phone) Available -
Middlesex - Lowell Campus New On Order 169641 [MCC only] (Text to phone) In process -
North Shore - Lynn Campus Stacks HD 6095 .G38 2014 (pbk.) (Text to phone) Available -

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [133]-146) and index.
Contents Note: Navigating the workforce system -- On the front line during a recession -- Understanding the backstory of workforce and welfare policy -- Charting a course forward.
Summary: For this book the author, an ethnographic sociologist by training, went undercover as a client in a New Jersey One Stop Career Center. One Stop Centers, developed as part of the federal Workforce Investment Act, are supposed to be an unemployed worker's go-to resource on the way to re-employment. But, with swarms of new clients coming through their doors, are these centers fit for the task of pairing America's workforce with new jobs? Weaving together her account with interviews of jobless women and case-workers, the author offers a revealing glimpse of the toll that unemployment takes and the realities of social policy. Women, she argues, are particularly vulnerable in the current economy, since they are routinely paid less than their male counterparts. Drawing on tales from the frontlines, she highlights the promise and weaknesses of One Stop Career Centers and recommends key shifts in workforce policy. -- Back cover.

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