Governor Inslee applauds President Obama's support for improvements to employment and training programs

July 23, 2014

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President signs Sen. Murray’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

OLYMPIA — President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) yesterday, which includes key improvements to the nation’s workforce development programs.

The WIOA, sponsored by U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), streamlines existing programs, empowers local boards, increases coordination and improves outreach to disconnected youth.

Gov. Jay Inslee congratulated Murray on her legislation and thanked Obama for his support.

“Federal workforce investment programs are vital for a healthy economy and increasing job opportunities for Washingtonians,” said Inslee. “I want to congratulate Senator Murray for her years of hard work on this legislation which have resulted in a major achievement that will benefit our state for years to come.”

“The reforms and improvements in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act will focus the system even more strongly on two crucially important goals: getting people jobs and making sure America is the premier economy in the world for businesses that need skilled workers and high productivity,” said Employment Security Commissioner Dale Peinecke. “We congratulate Sen. Murray on this major achievement and thank President Obama for signing it into law.”

More information about the WIOA from Sen. Murray’s office can be found here.

Washington’s WorkSource system is a statewide partnership of state, local and nonprofit agencies that deliver a wide array of employment and training services for job seekers and employers. The work is coordinated at the local level by Workforce Development Councils, whose boards include local leaders from business and labor.

Last year, WorkSource helped roughly 140,000 workers find jobs and nearly 5,600 Washington employers seeking qualified workers.

“In an era of congressional gridlock, Senator Murray passed this jobs bill with nearly unanimous support from both parties,” said Inslee. “I commend her, President Obama, and all the members of Washington’s congressional delegation for supporting this legislation which will provide practical solutions to help get more of our people working again.”

Studies have shown that people who use WorkSource job-search services tend to find work faster and earn more money than those who don’t. WorkSource locations can be found on go2worksource.com.

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