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University of Minnesota study: Transit and training crucial to connecting unemployed with jobs

30 Jul

Among the barriers to employment cited by CAREERwise  Education is transportation:

Common Barriers to Employment

  • Age

  • Criminal record

  • Disabilities

  • Disadvantaged background

  • Domestic violence

  • Drug and/or alcohol abuse

  • Education

  • Employer biases

  • Has a child with special needs

  • Housing issues or homelessness

  • Job search skills

  • Lacks basic and employability skills

  • Limited English proficiency

  • Long-term welfare recipient

  • Mental illness

  • Needs training

  • Needs child care assistance

  • No high school diploma

  • No transportation

  • Gaps in employment                                                http://www.careerwise.mnscu.edu/jobs/barriers-employment.html

Dean Baker wrote in How to Fight Poverty Through Full Employment:

One of the most effective ways to combat poverty among current and future generations is to maintain a full employment economy. The point should be straightforward: when the labor market is strong, or “tight,” it offers increased employment opportunities for those at the bottom. Disadvantaged workers are not only more likely to find employment in a tight labor market, they are also in a better position to secure higher wages as employers are forced to compete for labor. This can allow millions of workers the opportunity to raise themselves and their families out of poverty…. http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/35279-how-to-fight-poverty-through-full-employment

See, Transportation, Jobs, and Economic Growth   http://www.accessmagazine.org/articles/spring-2011/transportation-jobs-economic-growth/

Science Daily reported in Transit and training crucial to connecting unemployed with jobs:

According to a new University of Minnesota study, the mismatch between unemployed workers and job vacancies is a serious problem in the Twin Cities region and it appears to have worsened since the turn of the millennium. The biggest concentrations of unemployed workers lack fast or frequent transit service to some of the richest concentrations of job vacancies, particularly vacancies in the south and southwest metro.

The new study analyzes such employment mismatches in the Twin Cities seven-county metropolitan area and examines the potential of a new approach that integrates transit planning and workforce development.

“Transit plays a crucial role in connecting the unemployed with job opportunities, but it could be even more effective if efforts to get the unemployed to those job vacancies were better coordinated with efforts to give them the skills they need for those job vacancies,” said principal investigator Yingling Fan, who conducted the study with research fellow Andrew Guthrie. “Our research lays out an approach to reconcile those mismatches by coordinating transit planning, job training and job placement services.”

Disadvantaged job seekers often may be qualified for many entry-level jobs but have no way of reaching employment centers, which frequently are in the suburbs. What’s more, these job seekers may be able to reach many nearby jobs easily but lack needed qualifications….              https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160729111302.htm

Citation:

Transit and training crucial to connecting unemployed with jobs

Date:         July 29, 2016

Source:     University of Minnesota

Summary:

The mismatch between unemployed workers and job vacancies is a serious problem in the Twin Cities region and it appears to have worsened since the turn of the millennium, new research indicates. The biggest concentrations of unemployed workers lack fast or frequent transit service to some of the richest concentrations of job vacancies, particularly vacancies in the south and southwest metro.

Here is the press release from the University of Minnesota:

Transit and training crucial to connecting unemployed with jobs

June 27, 2016

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Transit and training crucial to connecting Twin Cities unemployed with job opportunities. Disadvantaged job seekers often may be qualified for many entry-level jobs but have no way of reaching employment centers, which frequently are in the suburbs. What’s more, these job seekers may be able to reach many nearby jobs easily but lack needed qualifications.

According to a new University of Minnesota study, the mismatch between unemployed workers and job vacancies is a serious problem in the Twin Cities region and it appears to have worsened since the turn of the millennium. The biggest concentrations of unemployed workers lack fast or frequent transit service to some of the richest concentrations of job vacancies, particularly vacancies in the south and southwest metro.

The new study analyzes such employment mismatches in the Twin Cities seven-county metropolitan area and examines the potential of a new approach that integrates transit planning and workforce development.

“Transit plays a crucial role in connecting the unemployed with job opportunities, but it could be even more effective if efforts to get the unemployed to those job vacancies were better coordinated with efforts to give them the skills they need for those job vacancies,” said principal investigator Yingling Fan, who conducted the study with research fellow Andrew Guthrie. “Our research lays out an approach to reconcile those mismatches by coordinating transit planning, job training and job placement services.”

Disadvantaged job seekers often may be qualified for many entry-level jobs but have no way of reaching employment centers, which frequently are in the suburbs. What’s more, these job seekers may be able to reach many nearby jobs easily but lack needed qualifications.

Efforts to address these mismatches often focus on transportation—such as improved or specialized public transit services—and skill-building and occupational training programs. Policymakers have generally separated the two.

“The Twin Cities region is in the midst of major expansion of the transit system and it will have consequences in terms of travel patterns and development patterns for decades,” Fan said. “That allows coordinated job training and transit planning efforts to make a big, long-lasting impact.”

The research team’s policy recommendations center on finding “sweet spots” for coordinated transit planning and workforce development and creating a future transit system to serve the needs of disadvantaged workers.

A key element of the study involves GIS maps developed by the researchers showing the concentrations of the unemployed, overlaid with patterns of job vacancies, for the entire region, between 2001 and 2013. They compared transit-accessible job vacancies for specific occupations to determine mismatch patterns.

For example, a band of cities with the highest job vacancies in manufacturing—jobs that have comparatively lower educational requirements—surround Minneapolis to the west and north. The highest concentrations of unemployment, however, are in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The team then developed multiple transit planning, job creation, and workforce development policy scenarios, generating similar maps for each.

The study was sponsored by Hennepin County, the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota, and the McKnight Foundation.

“McKnight Foundation focuses on our low-income people and places that have been left out of the picture previously. Dr. Fan’s research pulls these areas together so policy-makers can see how policy can connect, reinforce, support, and provide benefit to the people that we care about,” said Eric Muschler, program director with the McKnight Foundation.

Fan, an associate professor with the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, collaborates with the Center for Transportation Studies as a faculty scholar. CTS is nationally renown for developing, fostering, and spreading innovation in transportation.

More about this research, including a two-page research brief and the full research report, is available at cts.umn.edu/research/featured/transitandworkforce.

To visit the research website, click here   http://www.cts.umn.edu/research/featured/transitandworkforce

The Atlantic article Stranded: How America’s Failing Public Transportation Increases Inequality:

That means America’s inadequate public transit leaves many Americans hoping to better themselves stuck—both metaphorically and quite literally.

There is no silver bullet. Kanter says that creating rapid bus service could help increase efficiency and could be completed fairly quickly and require fewer funds than, say, laying rails. And as my colleague Alana Semuels wrote in a recent piece, more public-private partnership may be a solution that helps cash-strapped public systems increase their reach. According to Kanter, the problem has to be addressed, and quickly, especially in the face of growing economic disparity. “We need to think about how important forms of transportation are to the economy and quality of life. And we have to reinvest.”                                                                                            http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/05/stranded-how-americas-failing-public-transportation-increases-inequality/393419/

Without affordable housing and practical and affordable transportation choices, many will remain stuck in poverty.

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The 08/29/13 Joy Jar

30 Aug

Interstate 5 divides Seattle. It is showing its age. There are actual ruts and chucks of pavement missing as one goes from Northgate through the University District and on the city center. Moi is guessing that many of those who drive Interstate 5 on a regular basis long for a good road. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ are good roads.

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.
Buddha

The road to perdition has ever been accompanied by lip service to an ideal.
Albert Einstein

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.
Henry Ward Beecher

I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.
Stephen Hawking

If you come to a fork in the road, take it.
Yogi Berra

The middle of the road is where the white line is – and that’s the worst place to drive.
Robert Frost

What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don’t like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, don’t expect freedom to survive very long.
Thomas Sowell

You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it.
Oprah Winfrey

We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.
C. S. Lewis

The 08/22/13 Joy Jar

22 Aug

Moi takes Seattle public transit ALL over. There is the METRO tunnel which goes under Seattle. If one is headed to the airport on light rail, then one goes through a tunnel. A tunnel is a metaphor for going through difficult times and surviving. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is a tunnel.

The thing about a hero, is even when it doesn’t look like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, he’s going to keep digging, he’s going to keep trying to do right and make up for what’s gone before, just because that’s who he is.
Joss Whedon

Wherever my story takes me, however dark and difficult the theme, there is always some hope and redemption, not because readers like happy endings, but because I am an optimist at heart. I know the sun will rise in the morning, that there is a light at the end of every tunnel.
Michael Morpurgo

Learning is a tunnel experience that makes us think more broadly.
Anna Deavere Smith

If you do not have an absolutely clear vision of something, where you can follow the light to the end of the tunnel, then it doesn’t matter whether you’re bold or cowardly, or whether you’re stupid or intelligent. Doesn’t get you anywhere.
Werner Herzog

Intelligence is the capacity to receive, decode and transmit information efficiently. Stupidity is blockage of this process at any point. Bigotry, ideologies etc. block the ability to receive; robotic reality-tunnels block the ability to decode or integrate new signals; censorship blocks transmission.
Robert Anton Wilson

“Carve a tunnel of hope through the dark mountain of disappointment.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

“When faced with a mountain, I will not quit! I will keep striving until I climb over, find a pass through, tunnel underneath or simply stay and turn the mountain into a gold mine, with God’s help.”
Robert Half

When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.
Corrie Ten Boom

The 08/03/13 Joy Jar

4 Aug

Seattle has a light rail train which goes to Seatac Airport. Eventually, it will go all the way to Everett. Right now it winds its way through South Seattle which is where one sees people of color from all over the globe. Along the tracks are those businesses being shepherded by immigrants who work hard and still believe that America is a land of opportunity. These businesses are sprouting like flowers growing up through concrete. The train ride allows one to collect their thoughts. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is any train ride.

“My heart is warm with the friends I make,
And better friends I’ll not be knowing,
Yet there isn’t a train I wouldn’t take,
No matter where it’s going.”
― Edna St. Vincent Millay, The Selected Poetry

“I can remember the first time I saw a train whistle, I thought, “Boy, those are some big lips.”
― Jarod Kintz, There are Two Typos of People in This World: Those Who Can Edit and Those Who Can’t

“It’s my experience that most folk who ride trains could care less where they’re going. For them it’s the journey itself and the people they meet along the way. You see, at every stop this train makes, a little bit of America, a little bit of your country, gets on and says hello.”
― David Baldacci, The Christmas Train

Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

One does not need buildings, money, power, or status to practice the Art of Peace. Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train.
Morihei Ueshiba

If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.
Corrie Ten Boom

The 06/29/13 Joy Jar

29 Jun

 

 

The Corvette just turned 60. Prince has one of the best songs ever – ‘Little Red Corvette.’ It is still Seattle Hot. How do these things tie together? Well, just for the summer, moi would love to have a little red Corvette convertible and she would play Prince loud, really loud. The summer would end and the car would get put away. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is moi’s imaginary little red Corvette with Prince blaring on the sound system

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The winner ain’t the one with the fastest car its the one who refuses to lose

 

Dale Earnhardt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Going to church does not make you a Christian anymore than going to the garage makes you a car.

 

Dr. Laurence J. Peter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In less enlightened times, the best way to impress women was to own a hot car. But women wised up and realized it was better to buy their own hot cars so they wouldn’t have to ride around with jerks.

 

Scott Adams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t drive as if you owned the road Drive as if you owned the car

 

Unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear

 

Dave Barry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shutting off the thought process is not rejuvenating; the mind is like a car battery — it recharges by running.

 

Bill Watterson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you ever notice when you blow in a dog’s face he gets mad at you? But when you take him in a car he sticks his head out the window”

 

Steve Bluestone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.

 

Brian Tracy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Living with a conscience is like driving a car with the brakes on

 

Budd Schulberg

 

 

 

 

 

The 06/13/13 Joy Jar

13 Jun

Moi was walking down the street and she noticed all the wheels. They were on buses, cars, bicycles, scooters, and carts. The wheels make it easier to get from here to there and to carry loads. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the wheel.

 

 

 

 

“Man has always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much…the wheel, New York, wars and so on…while all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man…for precisely the same reason.”

Douglas Adams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.”

Dave Barry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 “The guy who invented the first wheel was an idiot. The guy who invented the other three, HE was a genius.”

Sid Cesar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The important thing is not the finding, it is the seeking, it is the devotion with which one spins the wheel of prayer and scripture, discovering the truth little by little. If this machine gave you the truth immediately, you would not recognize it,”

Ursula K. LeGuin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t reinvent the wheel, just realign it.”

Anthony J. De Angelo

 

 

 

 

 

 “The wheel of fortune turns round incessantly, and who can say to himself, “I shall today be uppermost”

Confucius

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The wheel is come full circle.”

William Shakespeare

The 04/10/13 Joy Jar

9 Apr

Moi is a ‘bus chick’ and rides public transpotation ALL OVER Seattle. She writes and watches people. The buses in the Puget Sound region are run by a variety of agencies and that may be the problem. Moi mostly rides METRO which gets her there. The gridlock which stymies Congress also stymies Washington government. Many folk who take the bus may see their service cut because of the way public transportation is financed in Washington. Many will consider buying some gas guzzling clunker and further crowd the road. The powers that be don’t undertand the value of a really good public transportation system. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is a public transportation system.

 

You can’t understand a city without using its public transportation system.”

Erol Ozan

 

Public transit situates us so that we are given license to accept what’s right in front of us, but will likely arouse our desire to compare our narrative to someone else’s, to give ourselves permission to speculate upon a person’s private space, or life, with no fear of recourse or punishment.”

Julie Wilson, Seen Reading

The person whose problems are all behind them is probably a school bus driver”

Unknown

A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it as when you are in it”

Unknown

In the dime stores and bus stations, People talk of situations, read books, repeat quotations, Draw conclusions on the wall”

Bob Dylan

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”

Oprah Winfrey

The 03/12/13 Joy Jar

11 Mar

Moi rode one of those big articulated buses this evening. The buses bend in the middle, One of the features of certain models of these buses is there are two rows of elevated seats in the middle. The elevation allows one to look over the heads of other passengers and to look at the street signs as one passes through the city. Hard to believe, but there are some locations on this planet that do not have street signs. One obviously has to be an insider in those locales to know where you are going. Street signs are really a metaphor for directions in life’s journey. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ are the signs which guide us through life.

Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!
Bob Marley

Words are but the signs of ideas.
Samuel Johnson

The very contradictions in my life are in some ways signs of God’s mercy to me.
Thomas Merton

Dreams are road signs along the nighttime highway of sleep.                             

Astrid Alauda

The safest road to hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.
C. S. Lewis

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.
Buddha

Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.
C. S. Lewis

The 02/25/13 Joy Jar

24 Feb

Moi’s field trip would start in downtown Seattle and culminate in Renton at the closest Walmart. The purpose was just to hang out and see how working Americans were dealing with the new normal. Moi went to the METRO Trip planner and typed in the address, 743 Rainier Avenue South. The snarky computer program asked Renton or Seattle? Since moi rarely gets out of Seattle, she typed Seattle. Later, moi would find out the correct answer was Renton. As directed, moi got on the #7 bus and began an excursion through south Seattle. The trip takes one through the International District, Columbia City, and Hillman. This is where one encounters the diversity in Seattle. Moi didn’t see anything which looked like Walmart, so she asked the other passengers about how to get there. That started a group think session and the peeps thought moi should get off the bus and take the #106. Moi got the #106 and was headed toward Renton through Skyline. Moi asked the bus driver if he stopped by Walmart. He thought the best bus strategy was to go to the Renton Transit Center and take the #140 bus. Moi got to the Renton Transit Center and asked the #140 bus driver if he went to Walmart and he wasn’t sure. By this time, it was getting dark and moi walked around the Renton Transit Center and discovered a lot of busses don’t run on the weekends. The bus riding folks at the Transit Center are carless, either by choice or circumstance. If one leaves the Seattle core, one’s circumstance is tied to one’s ability to get around. Moi did not make it to Walmart, this trip. She will start out earlier in the day and find a way to get there on the bus. That tells one about just one of the challenges faced by those who work for a living and get so little recognition for what they do. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the knowledge gained from field trips in one’s neighborhood.

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”                             

Mark Twain

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”                  

St. Augustine

There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.”                           Robert Louise Stevenson

I don’t do like diva trips and stuff.
Shirley MacLaine

People get really caught up in their own trips.
Max Cannon

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”               

Henry Miller

The 01/24/13 Joy Jar

23 Jan

The car was barreling down Union Street in Seattle and making a left turn onto 5th Avenue. Moi was in the crosswalk with a bright walk signal. It made no difference. The car whizzed by moi and the driver had the nerve to wave at moi. Moi wanted to give the idiot the finger. Moi didn’t not because she was feeling spiritual, but these days one doesn’t know who is armed and dangerous. More and more drivers are distracted and impatient with pedestrians. The corner of 5th and Union is particularly bad because drivers are often turning the corner going well above the speed limit. They are also impatient with pedestrians who may moving much too slow for their sense of going nowhere at a rapid rate. Today’s deposit in the ‘Joy Jar’ is thanks for those drivers who are paying attention and yield to pedestrians in crosswalks with walk signs.

I failed my Driver’s test. Driving teacher: ‘What do you do

at a red light?’ Me: ‘I usually respond to texts and check

my Facebook.’

Unknown

An optimist is a driver who thinks that empty space at the curb won’t have a hydrant beside it.
Jules Renard

A careful driver is one who honks his horn when he goes through a red light.
Henry Morgan

Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up  traffic jams.                                        Mary Ellen Kelly


It takes 8,460 bolts to assemble an automobile, and one nut to scatter it all over the road.                                                                                                           Unknown 

The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet.                   Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self-Reliance,” 1841

 
Leave sooner, drive slower, live longer.                                                       Unknown