Discusses survey results that illuminate the ways in which states spend Wagner-Peyser Act funds and thereby enhance the workforce system.

This report presents findings from a 2013 national survey on the use of Wagner-Peyser Act (W-P) funds. “The survey was designed to help answer two questions: 1) How do states spend W-P funds? 2) What value do States add to the workforce system by funding, developing or delivering labor exchange services through the W-P grants? The survey findings are important to inform policymakers and the public, especially regarding the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and other workforce system reform legislation” (p.3). The survey gathered information about the use of funds on five major categories of spending that include:  1) workforce system IT systems (for job banks, data, and reporting); job search and other employment services; 3) reemployment services for unemployment insurance claimants; 4) employer/business services; and 5) support of local job centers and resource rooms.  Of the 38 associated activities to the five categories, states were asked to identify the most critical.  The survey also asked states to describe the uses for the “10 percent Governor’s Reserve” funds (p.3).

(Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)

Full Publication Title: The State Role in the Public Workforce Development System: Evidence from a Survey on the Use of Wagner-Peyser Act Funding

Major Findings & Recommendations

“The survey finds that each of the five major W-P spending categories, and most of the 38 labor exchange activities associated with these categories, received funding from a substantial majority of the reporting states. Thus, states use regular (90%) Wagner-Peyser funds as a flexible pool of funding to support the workforce development system broadly. The percent of states reporting there is an important state-level (as opposed to local) role in funding, developing or delivering the 38 labor exchange activities ranged between 53 and 84 percent…staff training ranks highest for the importance of the state role. Close behind are several activities related to workforce IT systems, UI claimant reemployment, and assisting businesses and job seekers with reductions in the workforce/rapid response. Also ranking high are activities related to labor market information (LMI) and LMI tools for jobseekers and businesses” (p.5). (Abstractor: Author)