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by Mary Gatta

Although Gatta focuses on the experiences of women, this book is a must read for all people, regardless of gender, who wish to gain a better understanding of workforce development in the U.S. Gatta gives an overview of the history and policies of workforce development with a particular focus on One Stop Career Centers. Gatta pulls together her own story going undercover as a client in a New Jersey One Stop Career Center and first-hand experiences of unemployed and underemployed women and caseworkers to provide an honest look at the current state of workforce development. Gatta explains that One Stop Career Centers, because of lack of funding, staffing and external support, often end up funneling individuals, especially women, into low-wage jobs rather than investing in the kind of intensive training and education needed to place people in higher-paying, higher-skilled jobs, costing both employers and employees money and satisfaction in the long run. Gatta explores the many ways sexism, racism and the "rhetoric of welfare" contribute to unemployment, underemployment and ineffectual workforce development and offers recommendations on improving workforce services to help individuals get good-paying sustainable jobs and employers to find skilled long-term employees.

– Hannah
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