WIOA Job Centers and Service Areas, by State Two of the basic building blocks of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) are its workforce areas and network of American Job Centers (AJCs, also known as one-stop centers). Both elements have existed for many years, but many states are now reviewing both designations. We present a statistical portrait of these two key components of WIOA’s infrastructure, based on the first available data since WIOA’s implementation. To see it, CLICK "DOWNLOAD NOW" ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THIS SCREEN. Each state weighs various factors in designating workforce areas and situating AJCs, but the two simplest considerations are the size and population of the state. The latest U.S. Census Bureau data on each state’s population size and area in square miles provides common two benchmarks to compare states with each other: to avoid too many decimals, we've presented the results against the ratios per 100,000 square miles, and per million persons aged 18 to 64. We have used this age range to approximate the working-age population, a number which is much more stable than counts of the unemployed or the labor force, on the assumption that the states do not quickly reconfigure workforce areas or open or close centers in response to economic volatility. For each category, we highlight the top-ranking states (including Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico as states), and sometimes indicate the states at the lower end of the spectrum; the national or state average; and the range from lowest to highest. We also identify some of the patterns that partially explain the results. One state ranks relatively high in the number of AJCs both in terms of square miles and population size: Kentucky. Note: to facilitate geographic comparisons, we will later add several maps to this resource. We will also update state population figures when the Census Bureau issues 2015 data.
Based on significant work in the field, the authors of this paper identify three major contextual issues shaping the re-authorization of the Workforce Investment Act: 1) the imperative across the United States for better systems integration; 2) the realization that social change happens most effectively at the regional level; and 3) the need for new systems of accountability that better integrate the outputs of both economic development and workforce development systems. This paper then suggests critical workforce system characteristics and policy factors that are needed to assure the success of collaborative strategic efforts.
An invitation to the public workforce system to participate in a Workforce Innovation Fund grantee meeting on March 27, 2014.
This post encourages the public workforce system to respond to a series of questions to determine how local business may be responding to the President's call to examine hiring practices for the long-term unemployed.
This is the February 20, 2014 news release announcing the availability of $150 million in funding to support "Ready to Work Partnership Grants."
February 20, 2014 podcast to address "Talent for the Future."
The Employment and Training Administration has established a webpage in support of the Long-Term Unemployed H-1B Ready to Work Partnerships grant program (Ready to Work).
Profile of current projects underway through the Chicago Jobs Council.
Status report on number of State Workforce Agencies downloading National Labor Exchange (NLX)file from DirectEmployers Association.
The White House Fact Sheet details new and ongoing efforts to assist the long-term unemployed. The Fact Shee previews a DOL solication that will be released in February 2014.
FAA is launching an outreach and recruitment program for air traffic controllers. FAA has announced an invitational call for January 23 to discuss the timetables and details.
This item discusses how software developers in the public workforce system can take advantage of O*NET Web Services to integrate the functionalities and content of various employment and training websites.
Story on a local Wisconsin Center and the steps it is taking to serve customers during the recession
This story highlights the use of social media and technology to help job seekers connect to employment.