Economists and the stock market have been celebrating the low unemployment rate indicating the United States has achieved a sustained period of full employment. However, in communities across the country, there are Americans who are either underemployed or stuck in low wage jobs with limited earning potential and businesses that have had to either reach out to other countries, or let job openings go unfilled because of a dearth of skilled labor.

The United States has an established nationwide network of over 500 locally-controlled workforce development boards (a.k.a. WDBs) created through the 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)—bipartisan legislation that received almost unanimous support in Congress. These boards serve workers and job creators in communities across the country. They serve urban, suburban, and rural economies – all competing globally for jobs, new technologies, and profit. In addition, as shown in Appendix C, WDBs provide a return on investment of $1.72 for every $1 in public funds spent.

To view the full document, which includes testimonials from businesses and jobseekers and a listing of the businesses represented by the WDBs that responded to the survey, please click here: Workforce Effectiveness Paper

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