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Evaluation of the Maryland Unemployment Insurance Work Search Demonstration

The Maryland Unemployment Insurance (UI) Work Search Demonstration was designed to examine the effectiveness of alternative work search policies in the UI program. In Maryland, to be eligible to receive UI benefits at the time of the demonstration, claimants were required to search for work and to report two employer contacts made per week on their continued claims form. There was no review or verification of the reported contacts with employers, and no specific job search assistance services were offered as part of the work search policy. This relatively streamlined work search policy is similar to that used in other states at the time, although the specific number of employer contacts required and the extent to which they review reported contacts varied across states, and very few offered specific re-employment services as part of their general work search policy. Today, however, legislation mandates that intensive services are provided to targeted or profiled claimants.

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