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Workforce Board Publications

All reports produced by the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board are free to download.

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Career Bridge web site and information cards

Career Bridge (www.CareerBridge.wa.gov) brings together valuable career planning information in a single web site. You can: view careers and employment demand by region, learn how much you’ll earn, and find education programs needed for a new career. It's also home to the state's Eligible Training Provider list. Get help navigating the site.
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Where Are You Going? 2018-2021

The "Where Are You Going?" career guide provides info on how much jobs pay and whether they're growing in Washington, along with the education needed to enter the field. You'll also get financial aid information, resume writing tips, and more.

Bonus: Get a "real time" look at more than 6,500 Washington education programs, labor market trends, and a career quiz on CareerBridge.Wa.Gov.  The Where Are You Going guide was designed as a printed companion to Career Bridge.

Workforce Development Directory

2018 Workforce Development Directory (electronic version) provides a detailed look at the state's education and training programs and the funding that flows to each program.

Carl Perkins Career & Technical Education Plan

Carl Perkins Career & Technical Education Plan is Washington's five-year plan for spending federal grants that come from Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. The plan was released in 2008, and reauthorized in 2018.

Talent and Prosperity for All--TAP (2016) Talent and Prosperity for All or TAP is Washington's strategic plan for workforce development. It's the successor to High Skills, High Wages, and folds in the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, while also bringing together the state's multifaceted workforce system, ensuring the system works for the benefit of all Washingtonians.

Workforce Investment Act, Wagner-Peyser

Washington's 2012-16 State Integrated Workforce Plan .



Carl Perkins Career & Technical Education Annual Report

The Workforce Board oversees funds received through the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act--a multi-million dollar grant that helps educators better prepare students for the workplace. The Workforce Board compiles an annual report with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. View previous reports.

Common Intake and Workforce Services Integration Research The Workforce Board contracted with Community Attributes, Inc. (CAI) to research data needed for better service integration across Washington's broad workforce system. This report, published in 2018, identifies common data points and intake questions, overlapping eligiblility requirements that make it difficult to serve customers, and tools and resources that can help frontline staff streamline services and provide customers with a more complete menu of options.

Health Workforce Council Annual Report

Created in 2002, this Council is addressing the shortage of skilled health care workers.

(See Archives for previous reports and plan)

Outdoor Industry Jobs Report (2018)

This report, published in 2018, provides a ground level look at employment in the agriculture, natural resources, environment, and outdoor recreation sectors. The Workforce Board was tasked by the Legislature to conduct this comprehensive study. The report was authored by Workforce Board research staff along with staff from Washington State University's Social and Economic Sciences Research Center.


Skill Gap Reports

The Workforce Board regularly compares the production of middle-level skill workers to future demand to determine where our high-demand fields are.

A Skilled and Educated Workforce - A 2017 joint report from the Washington Student Achievement Council, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and the Workforce Board. Includes assessment of high employer demand programs of study.


Washington Employers' Workforce Training Needs and Practices

Every two years, the Workforce Board surveys employers on a range of topics including hiring challenges, employee skill gaps and productivity pressures.
Previous Surveys

Young Adult

Fourth Workforce Board legislative report focuses on the multiple pathways that can help young adults, 18 through 24, find their way to economic independence. Archived Reports


Net Impact Study


Net Impact Study shows the impact workforce programs have on employment and earnings of workforce program participants when compared with a control group with similar characteristics. This detailed study is conducted every five years.

Workforce Training Results 2018

Workforce Training Results 2018 provides performance results for the state's largest workforce programs, including participant employment and earnings, as well as taxpayer return on investment.


For printed copies, please contact us at 360.709.4600 or workforce@wtb.wa.gov. Most files are in PDF format which require Adobe Acrobat Reader software to read and print.



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