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Key Issues


Employment is at the center of poverty reduction, and yet there are complex reasons people remain unemployed or out of the labor force entirely. Employment solutions need to consider myriad barriers to employment, including lack of educational attainment or specialized skills, a history of involvement with the criminal justice system, physical and cognitive disabilities, child care needs, and lack of transportation to work, for example. 

Below is an overview of the numerous research projects supported by Poverty Solutions that aim to promote a better understanding of the types of employment solutions that could make a difference. Poverty Solutions also coordinates a SummerWorks youth employment program in partnership with the Washtenaw County Office for Community and Economic Development and Michigan Works! Southeast, and we partner with the City of Detroit to support a youth workforce development policy fellowship.

Employment Scholars


News Releases

Research Projects

Concentrate | Feb. 16, 2022

SummerWorks program seeks to pair Washtenaw County youth with employers for paid summer jobs

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MLive | Feb. 10, 2022

Detroit’s 20% unemployment is twice as high as pre-pandemic levels, UM survey finds

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WXYZ 7 Detroit UpFront | Feb. 3, 2022

Examining Detroit's virtually unchanged unemployment rate

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