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Master of Science (MS)


Economics and Finance


Gary B. Hansen


In August of 1976, a factory employing 210 workers began a phased layoff of all employees. This study focused on the subsequent reemployment problems of the workers. Specifically, methods of job search were analyzed to determine if they had an influence upon placement and quality of employment.

Two means of data collection were used in this study. Questionnaires were mailed to all former employees of Hesston Farm Machinery Company and oral interviews were conducted with public and private individuals involved with placement assistance to displaced workers.

Results of the study indicated that public employment offices, private employment agencies, and Hesston's Personnel Department were ineffective in placing workers. Applying in person and obtaining employment from friends/relatives were both more common and more effective than other methods of job search.

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