Labor Force Participation Rates are Higher for People with Professional Certifications or Licenses

Labor force participation rates are substantially higher for people who have a professional certification or occupational license than for those without such credentials. In 2018, the rate was 87.7 percent for workers who had such credentials, compared with 57.8 percent for those without them. In addition, people with certifications or licenses had higher participation rates… Read More »

Use LinkedIn Like a Pro

Workforce Professionals will have the opportunity to learn about LinkedIn, from one of their own. Kimberly Myers, CWP is a LinkedIn guru and Outreach and Resource Coordinator at WorkSource Pierce, County Washington. To achieve her goals, Kim leads social media initiatives and utilizes LinkedIn. Kim’s presentation will address questions like: What is LinkedIn and how… Read More »

Study: Shortage of Workers With Degree Will Cost the U.S. Economy $1.2 Trillion Over the Next Decade

A new study estimates that, over the next decade, employers in nearly every state will face significant shortages both of workers with an associate degree or some college (nearly 800,000 workers) and of workers with a bachelor’s degree or higher (over 8.5 million workers), leading to nearly $1.2 trillion in lost economic output.  The labor… Read More »

USDOL Awards $11.1 Million to Enhance State Workforce Data Systems

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of $11.1 million in Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) grants designed to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of state workforce data systems, and ultimately, the workforce programs in these states. The Department awarded nine grants – each approximately $1 million – to eligible State Workforce Agencies (SWAs)… Read More »

New Research Finds The Internet Perpetuates Job Market Inequality

Recent research finds the internet is giving both employers and job seekers access to more information, but has not made the hiring process more meritocratic. Instead, lower-wage jobs have become “black holes,” with intense competition for positions, while many higher-wage jobs are going to targeted candidates and are open to only limited competition. “In theory,… Read More »

New Study Finds 29 Million Million Jobs Pay $35,000 to $75,000 Annually Without Bachelors Degrees

There are 29 million jobs that pay middle-class wages (between $35,000 and $75,000 annually). Nearly 40 percent pay more than $50,000 a year, according to the new study released jointly by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce and Civic Enterprises. The United States invests roughly $1.4 trillion in human capital development each… Read More »

DOL Announces $48.1 Million in Grants for Workforce Reintegration of Homeless Veterans

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the awarding of 149 Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) grants totaling $48.1 million. This funding will provide workforce reintegration services for more than 18,000 homeless veterans. The Department will award funds on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, tribal… Read More »

San-Quai Lin, Deputy Minister, Taiwan Ministry of Labor Accepts Ealton Nelson International Award

The International Association of Workforce Professionals presented it’s Ealton Nelson International Development Award to San-Quai Lin, Deputy Minister, Taiwan Ministry of Labor. The prestigious Ealton Nelson International Development Award is presented to an individual, group, or chapter who demonstrates outstanding commitment to and achievement in IAWP’s international development. Mr. Lin extended his sincere appreciation to… Read More »

Free Online Communications Training for Workforce Professionals

IAWP is pleased to announce that Janelle Guthrie, Communications Director for the Washington Employment Security Department, will deliver a live online training session on the Workforce Managers Communication Toolkit. Communication is one of the most important skills a manager can develop. Studies show front-line managers are the most trusted, most credible sources of information in… Read More »

Becoming A Certified Workforce Professional is Simple and Affordable

Want to expand your career advancement options and provide the best service to your workforce customers? One of the best ways to achieve both is to attain the Certified Workforce Professional (CWP) designation from IAWP. The CWP helps individuals stay abreast of ever-changing laws and regulations, trends in the workforce system, and prepare for the… Read More »