August 1, 2001
Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration

Education and training investments are critical to the continuation of healthy U.S. productivity growth and to attaining adequate incomes for workers. Unfortunately, employer investments in worker training often fall short of the socially desirable level. This paper examines trends in employer provided training. Data are compared from the 1997 National Employer Survey, the 1995 Survey of Employer Provided Training, and the 1995 National Household Education Survey. Findings show that in general, a large percentage of establishments -- approximately 70 percent --– provide some form of formal training, and between 35 and 65 percent of all workers receive formal training. These estimates are higher than those found in previous studies.

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