About the Study

In 2017, the Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) partnered with the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and funded contractor Mathematica Policy Research to conduct the National Job Corps Study: 20-Year Follow-Up Study Using Tax Data. This administrative data analysis aims to assess the long-term employment and earnings outcomes for Job Corps participants in the 1990s using tax data through 2015. The sample is from the original National Job Corps Study where random assignment intake was conducted between 1994 and early 1996 to a program and control group.

Administered by the ETA, Job Corps is the nation’s largest residential education and job training program for at-risk youth. The program reaches an estimated 60,000 participants each year at numerous locations across the country.

This Department of Labor-funded study was a result of the annual process to determine the Department’s research priorities for the upcoming year. It contributes to the labor evidence-base to inform employment and training programs and policies and addresses Departmental strategic goals and priorities.

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The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) sponsors independent evaluations and research, primarily conducted by external, third-party contractors in accordance with the Department of Labor Evaluation Policy. CEO’s research development process includes extensive technical review at the design, data collection and analysis stage, including: external contractor review and OMB review and approval of data collection methods and instruments per the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), Institutional Review Board (IRB) review to ensure studies adhere to the highest ethical standards, review by academic peers (e.g., Technical Working Groups), and inputs from relevant DOL agency and program officials and CEO technical staff. Final reports undergo an additional independent expert technical review and a review for Section 508 compliance prior to publication. The resulting reports represent findings from this independent research and do not represent DOL positions or policies.