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Workforce Board Publications

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

Publications Index



Here are the latest versions of:




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.

Future of Work Project The Future of Work Plan of Action 2019 details what the Future of Work Task Force has found over its first six months of exploration and explains priorities going forward to help "future proof" Washington's workforce.


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.

Manufacturing Technology


Impact Washington, part of a national network that promotes small- and medium-sized manufacturers, contracted with Community Attributes, Inc. (CAI) to help identify key technologies driving changes in the workplace in Washington's manufacturing facilties, along with technologies expected in the next three to five years. The results of this 2019 study will inform discussion on the creation of a Manufacturing Innovation Institute and help support WA manufacturers as they prepare for technological advances. The report included contributions from the Workforce Board and the state's Department of Commerce, and aligns with the Future of Work project being administered by the Workforce Board. View the report.

Make it in Washington Grant Final Report The Make it in Washington Final Report details the Make it in Washington Grant project run by the Workforce Board, and explains the impact the project had in manufacturing businesses in Washington.

Health Workforce Council Annual Report

The Health Workforce Council was created in 2002 to address chronic shortages of skilled health care workers. The Council is staffed by the Workforce Board.

(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.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I and Title III Annual Report

The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides two primary funding sources for employment and training. The Workforce Board, in conjunction with the state's Employment Security Department and regional Workforce Development Councils, compiles an annual report on how those dollars are used to help Washington residents succeed in the labor market.



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

This report focuses on the employment barriers facing Washington young adults, along with the multiple pathways that can help young people, 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 2019

Workforce Training Results 2019 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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