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Examining Workforce Investment Act Data: ETA Publishes 2011 WIASRD Data Book
Dec 18, 2012

The Employment and Training Administration has published the Program Year 2012 Workforce Investment Standard Record (WIASRD) Data Book. This volume provides detailed information on the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs, including information about who is served, what services are provided, and the outcomes attained by participants. The Data Book is based on the Workforce Investment Standard Record Data (WIASRD), which is an individual-level data set containing information reported by states to the Employment and Training Administration. Social Policy Research Associates prepared the volume.

The latest version of the Data Book uses data provided by states in their Program Year (PY) 2011, Quarter 4 submissions, which contain information about individuals who participated in WIA at any time from January 1, 2010 to June 30, 2012. It thus includes individuals who finished participation ("exited") from January 1, 2010 to March 31, 2012 and individuals who had started participation before July 1, 2012, but had not finished participation by March 31, 2012. All tables in the Data Book have been computed using the final version of the PY 2011, Quarter 4 WIASRD data, which includes a variety of data corrections and adjustments. Some tables also use data from previous submissions.

Most tables in the Data Book provide information on exiters. The most recent one-year period with complete data on exiters is the period from April 2011 to March 2012.

The Data Book contains four primary groups of tables:

  • Section I contains tables for WIA Title 1B as a whole, including the programs for adults, dislocated workers, and youth. It also includes National Emergency Grant (NEG) projects. This section also includes tables showing trends over time in the number of exiters by state.
  • Section II contains tables for the adult program, which serves individuals aged 18 and higher. All adults are eligible for services under the adult program. However, states are to give priority to low-income adults in the event that funds are limited.
  • Section III contains tables for the dislocated worker program and for NEGs. Dislocated workers are generally experienced workers who have been laid off (or received notice of termination) due to a permanent closure or substantial layoff.
  • Section IV contains tables for the youth program, which serves individuals aged 14 to 21. With some exceptions, eligibility for youth program services is limited to low-income youth.

Sections II, III and IV all follow a similar structure. First, there are tables that show the characteristics of WIA exiters. These are followed by tables that show the services received by exiters. The final group of tables shows the outcomes received by exiters.

For adults and dislocated workers, two primary groups of characteristics are shown: characteristics available for all exiters and characteristics available only for exiters who received intensive or training services. When interpreting the information in the tables it is important to remember that these latter characteristics were not collected for individuals who received only core services to limit the data collection burden on individuals who received only limited WIA services. Thus, percentages for these characteristics are based only on individuals who received intensive or training services.

The adult and dislocated worker tables do not include individuals who received only self- and informational services.

For dislocated workers, the tables combine information on individuals served by the formula-funded Title IB dislocated worker program and by National Emergency Grants to provide a picture of all services provided to dislocated workers by WIA Title 1.

Tables show characteristics, services received, or outcomes for WIA participants for the most recent year for which data on the particular characteristic, service, or outcome is available. The only exception to this is for the outcomes trends over time tables, for which the more recent time periods do not contain data for an entire year's worth of exiters for some outcomes. The exceptions are described in the notes at the bottom of these tables, as well as in Appendix A.

None of the tables includes information on some other WIA Title 1 programs, including the Indian and Native American Program, the National Farmworker Jobs Program, veterans' workforce investment programs, and Job Corps. These other programs are not reported in the WIASRD data used for this Data Book, but in their own separate reporting systems.