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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 is very short, ending at noon on May 28.

Send comments to workforce@wtb.wa.gov

The draft performance targets  shown below are based on statistical analysis and on consultation with regional Workforce Development Council staff.  In the statistical analysis, not all factors point in the direction of improving outcomes. The unevenness of the economic recovery and changes in the participant population sometimes appear likely to wholly or partially offset the positive effects of slow overall economic growth.

Proposed Targets for Federal WIA Performance Measures Most Recent WIA Performance Report  Draft WIA Targets for PY 2013
 WIA - Adult Entered Employment 78.9% 76.1%
Employment Retention 84.4% 84.9%
Average Earnings - 6 months $13,957 $14,146
WIA - Dislocated Worker Entered Employment 83.8% 83.4%
Employment Retention 88.30% 88.1%
Average Earnings - 6 months $19,492 $20,101
WIA - Youth  Placement: Work or Education 67.5% 62.8%
 Credential Attainment 73.6% 74.3%
 Literacy/Numeracy: Improvement 45.0% 47.4%
Employment Services - Wagner-Peyser Act Entered Employment 55.4% 59.80%
Employment Retention 82.3% 84.20%
Average Earnings - 6 months $15,113 $15,665
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