The 2020 Regional Workforce Development Rankings

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

We may one year choose to rank states’ primary workforce development programs, but not this year. That would take a panel of objective experts gauging outcomes based on copious input from program clients and many other sources. Perhaps one year.

Instead, this exercise looks in general terms at states’ workforce development climates, if you will, much like the state business climate rankings we publish each November. It’s an admittedly blunt instrument, but then it isn’t promising something it can’t deliver. These rankings take a regional look at states’ commitment to workforce development relative to other states in the same region based on five national and objective measures. It may well be that a lower-ranking state in a region has a far superior state program than the others. But again, we are not evaluating those programs here.

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