Study suggests collaboration among local workforce entities facilitates job growth

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released an updated version of its recent report on the U.S. workforce system. That report, Employment and Skills Strategies in the United States, examines how the governance structure and incentives of the public workforce programs affect the ability of local workforce investment boards to collaborate with local entities to help job seekers find jobs and employers find qualified workers. The lessons learned in this study may be applicable to the implementation of the recently enacted Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which is the successor to the Workforce Investment Act. The report was prepared by Upjohn Institute president Randall W. Eberts in conjunction with OECD’s Local Economic and Employment Development Programme.