Southern California Workforce Boards Celebrate Workforce Development Month

Los Angeles, CA — In the midst of proposed major cuts to federally-funded Workforce Investment Act (WIA) employment and job training programs, the L.A. County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) launched the first Southern California Workforce Development Month in April 2011. Joining in this inaugural effort are 15 other WIBs in the region, along with the Greater L.A. Chamber of Commerce.
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National Association of Workforce Boards Launches Online Platform to Highlight Success of Federal Employment and Training Programs

Washington, D.C. — As the debate in Washington about federally funded employment and training programs continues, the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) launched Workforce Investment Works, www.WorkforceInvestmentWorks.com, an online portal highlighting successes of businesses and individuals who have improved their economic well being through these workforce development resources.
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Budget Cuts Point To Severe Economic Repercussions For L.A. County

Los Angeles, CA — The L.A. County Workforce Investment Board (LACWIB) met with policy makers in Washington, D.C. at the annual workforce forum several weeks ago, to garner support for federal employment and training programs, including special workforce initiatives for veterans, parolees and re-entry youth. But, the current proposed budget passed by the House of Representatives completely eliminates Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding for these programs. Some Congressional members have argued that the impact is "unclear"; in truth, some four million people were put back into the job market last year through WIA-funded programs, while employment and training services were provided to over eight million jobseekers.
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L.A. County Mature Worker Council Launches Next Phase Of Program

Los Angeles, CA — According to a recent study from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), worker confidence about their retirement has stabilized around 16% in 2010, but is statistically equivalent to the record low reported in 2009 (13%). In 1991, the EBRI found that 11% of Americans expected to work past the age of 65; in the subsequent years, that percentage has continued to climb, tripling to 33% in 2010. In California, the influence of the 60 and over age group is expected to emerge most strongly between 2000 to 2020, while those 85 and over will emerge most strongly between 2030 to 2040.
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