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Workforce Innnovation and Opportunity Act, Title I Dislocated Worker Program

Employment Security Department


State Websites: http://www.wa.gov/esd/1stop/

Local Link: http://www.washingtonworkforce.org/WDCs/index.php

Participation: 2,571 participants were served by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Dislocated Worker Program between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.  

Who is Served: Specific eligibility guidelines are described in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Dislocated workers are people who lost jobs due to plant closures, company downsizing or some other significant change in market conditions. They must be unlikely to return to their occupations or industries because those jobs are no longer in demand, and they must be eligible for (or have exhausted) unemployment compensation. Other conditions can lead to eligibility for services, such as being self-employed but not working as a result of general economic conditions, being a displaced homemaker or being a transitioning military service member or his/her eligible spouse.

Program Description: The program tailors employment and training services to meet dislocated workers’ needs; establishes early intervention for workers and firms facing substantial layoffs; and fosters labor, management, and community partnerships with government to address worker dislocation. Dislocated workers are eligible for basic career services including skill assessment, labor-market information, consumer reports on training programs and job search and placement assistance  Services also may include more intensive individualized-career services, like assessments and counseling and pre-vocational and vocational training.

Other Program Characteristics: Local priorities for the WIOA Title I-B Dislocated Worker grant must support the priorities described in each Local Workforce Development Board’s strategic plan and must also be consistent with the goals identified in Talent and Prosperity for All, the state’s WIOA strategic plan.

Program History: The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) reformed federal employment, training, adult education, and vocational rehabilitation programs by creating an integrated system of workforce investment and education services for adults, dislocated workers, and youth. Known as WorkSource in Washington, this one-stop system offers a comprehensive array of services through local WorkSource centers, affiliates and connection sites, and online platforms (namely WorkSourceWA.com). Washington’s Governor designated the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board (Workforce Board) to act as the State Workforce Development Board and the Employment Security Department as WIOA’s state administrative entity. The state’s 12 workforce development areas each have a business-led Local Workforce Development Board whose members are appointed by local chief elected officials. Local boards have strategic and convening responsibilities, including planning and overseeing their local area’s WorkSource systems and WIOA-funded programs, as well as designating administrative entities and WorkSource operators and service providers.  

Planning Cycle: Every four years with two-year updates.

State Core Measures: See Workforce Training Results at http://wtb.wa.gov/WorkforceTrainingResults.asp

Federal Common Measures: Federal measures used to determine the Dislocated Worker program’s success include:

  • Employment rate two quarters after exit
  • Employment rate four quarters after exit
  • Median earnings
  • Credential attainment
  • Measurable Skill Gains

Funding and Regional Division: At the state level, services are described in a four-year State Plan developed by the Employment Security Department and the Workforce Board and approved by the Governor. The U.S. Department of Labor must approve the plan in order to access funds. At the local level, services are described in four-year plans developed by local workforce development boards and local chief elected officials. Funds are allocated to the local workforce development areas using federal-mandated state allocation formulas.

State Expenditures: None.

Federal Expenditures: $12,882,937 (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016)

Statutory Authority: Federal - Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, P.L. 113-128.

Administered by the Employment Security Department.


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