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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)

Job Training - Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

The federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) provides a comprehensive range of workforce development services through statewide and local organizations. Available workforce development services provided in local communities benefit job seekers, laid off workers, youth, incumbent workers, new entrants to the workforce, veterans, persons with disabilities, and employers.

Job seekers receiving services experience an increase in employment opportunities and earnings. This, in turn, improves the quality of the workforce, reduces dependency on other government programs, and improves the productivity and competitiveness of the nation.

Nationwide Recovery Act funding to states for Job Training equals $3,950,000,000.  Of this amount, $3,118,500,000 was directly disbursed to states and local workforce agencies in the form of WIA formula grants. The federal and in-state funding formulas are based on local need as reflected in poverty and unemployment figures and are mandated by federal law

Colorado’s allocation equals $31,132,248.

Job Training allocations are separated into three (3) distinct funding types (please click the following links for more information).

Colorado’s timeline for expenditure/obligation of the Job Training Recovery Act and Labor Exchange Recovery Act funds:

  • March 6, 2009 – Allocations received from the United States Department of Labor (USDOL)
  • March 6, 2009 – Funds were allocated to the regions
  • April 15, 2009 – One year plan extension due to USDOL
  • June 30, 2009 – Program Year (PY) 2009 Plan modification due to USDOL
  • June 30, 2011 - Expiration of all Recovery Act Funds

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