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The studies presented here constitute a significant step towards a comprehensive assessment of the role that community organizations played in revamping the employment services industry. Most importantly, they show how a new style of labor market intermediary has evolved from focusing almost exclusively on the provision of employment services to job seekers to simultaneously addressing the needs of both job seekers and employers.


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9780880993173 (cloth) ; 9780880993166 (pbk.) ; 9781417596317 (ebook)

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; Regional policy and planning; Regional collaboration

Communities and Workforce Development




Meléndez, Edwin, ed. 2004. Communities and Workforce Development. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

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