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Public Comment Invited on Draft WIA Performance Targets

The Workforce Board staff is preparing to negotiate with the U.S. Department of Labor to reach agreement on performance targets for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs. These targets will apply to outcomes that will be assessed and reported during the 12 months beginning July 1. For each program, there are three performance measures. The four programs are :

  • WIA Adult – Employment and training services for adults experiencing difficulties in finding employment.
  • WIA Dislocated Workers - Employment and training services for adults dislocated from jobs in occupations in which they are unlikely to find re-employment.
  • WIA Youth – Employment and academic  programs for low-income youth.
  • Employment  Services – Job search, preparation and placement services available to all job seekers.

Note: Due to federal deadlines, the public input and comment period ended at 5 p.m.on May 6.

Send comments to workforce@wtb.wa.gov

The performance levels shown below are based on analysis and on consultation with regional Workforce Development Council staff. So far, this work has narrowed possible proposed levels to a small range for each of the performance measures, as shown in the table below. For some measures, performance appears to still be recovering from the effects of the recent recession. For other measures, performance is above pre-recession averages.

Public comment and recommendations about performance levels to propose is invited, including recommendations of specific performance levels. Recommendations will be considered whether or not they are within the ranges identified in the table below.


Proposed Targets for Federal WIA Performance Measures Most Recent WIA Performance Report  Draft WIA Targets for PY 2013
 WIA - Adult Entered Employment 79.8% 79.6%-81.0%
Employment Retention 84.8% 85%-86%
Average Earnings - 6 months $14,101 $14,000-$15,050
WIA - Dislocated Worker Entered Employment 84.5% 84.5%-86.5%
Employment Retention 88.9% 89.5%-90.5%
Average Earnings - 6 months $19,413 $19,000-$20,000
WIA - Youth  Placement: Work or Education 69.1% 67.7%-70.7%
 Credential Attainment 74.3% 74.5%-76%
 Literacy/Numeracy: Improvement 45.5% 46%-49%
Employment Services - Wagner-Peyser Act Entered Employment 58% 59.85%
Employment Retention 81% 82.0%
Average Earnings - 6 months $15,208 $15,550
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