Workforce Development

While the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act plays a role in workforce development, state policymakers actively seek ways beyond WIOA requirements to connect education with workforce and economic development efforts in their states. To achieve this, states adopt policies to connect education, postsecondary attainment and economic development with state workforce development.

If you are new to workforce development, start with this three-part blog series, which explores board membership, duties and incentives.

We also have the following general resources that provide more state-by-state information on the issue.


50-State Comparisons

How all states approach workforce development policies.


Policy Reports

Relevant context and state policy examples on workforce development.

Blog Posts

Legislative trends and other news with implications for workforce development.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, we have seen many changes to daily life and work.

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On Nov. 15, President Joe Biden signed the Infrastructure and Jobs Act into law, which will bring $1.2 trillion over 10 years to infrastructure and related workforce development.

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The U.S. Senate recently introduced the ACCESS to Careers Act, a bipartisan bill that continues the trend set by the current administration to accelerate economic recovery and set individuals on the path to good jobs. This act would create a community college and career training grant program administered by the secretary of education...

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Rural communities are not a monolith; their diversity creates unique assets and opportunities that require unique policy solutions. One of the best ways to understand the diversity of those challenges — and, in turn, identify the most effective solutions — is to hear directly from rural residents.

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State Information Requests

Brief issue scans, typically provided within 48 hours, that provide top-level information on workforce development.

Collaborative Workforce Systems
Expanding Opportunity and Access to Career and Technical Education
Workforce Funding
Unemployment Benefits While Pursuing Postsecondary Education or Training
State CTE Offices

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