The Increased Importance of the Workforce System's Reemployment Function in the Global Economy

Posted by - On October 21, 2008 (EST)

Over the past ten years, there have been profound changes taking place within and beyond the workforce investment system. Changes have been fueled by:

  • Globalization;

  • Economic shifts and a changing workforce; and

  • Workforce investment initiatives focused on regional economies, including:

    • Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED); and

    • Regional Innovation Grants (RIGs).




By changing perspective, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) can help regional economies flourish by providing high-growth, high-demand industries with a workforce that has the skills and talent needed to continue growing and competing in a global economy. At the same time, to serve unemployed workers effectively in the midst of this change, ETA will identify the workforce investment system's new strategies to effectively connect unemployed workers with the skills and jobs in demand in regional economies. This ETA reemployment technical assistance effort is focused on building upon these efforts and improving the way the workforce investment system does business by identifying new strategies that effectively connect unemployed workers with the skills and jobs in demand in regional economies.

Over the next year, this technical assistance effort seeks to transform the workforce investment system's services to unemployed customers within the regional economy by exploring critical questions such as:



  • How does the system identify the skills/jobs that are in demand in the economic region?

  • How does the system assess the skills/talents/interests/abilities of unemployed workers in the region?

  • What strategies are needed to connect the "supply" of unemployed workers to the skills/jobs in demand in an economic region?

  • What tools are currently in use that



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