The Employment Security Department announced yesterday that $45 million in federal funds have been given to twelve local workforce development councils in Washington State. This funding stems from the federal branch of the Department of Labor and is part of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).
These funds are used by the various workforce development councils to offer in their respective geographic areas the following career support: assessments of skills, counseling, and job-search help and training for those that are laid off or for low income adults and young folks that are disadvantaged.
The allocation for the Workforce Development Council of Tacoma-Pierce County is $5.6 million, which is approximately $267,000 less than what was appropriated last year. For a complete listing of the amounts for each Council, please visit the Employment Security Department’s website. More information on the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) can be found on the federal Department of Labor website.