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  • III. Operational Planning Elements

    The Unified or Combined State Plan must include an Operational Planning Elements section that supports the State’s strategy and the system-wide vision described in Section II(c) above.  Unless otherwise noted, all Operational Planning Elements apply to Combined State Plan partner programs included in the plan as well as to core programs.  This section must include—

    • b. State Operating Systems and Policies

      The Unified or Combined State Plan must include a description of the State operating systems and policies that will support the implementation of the State strategy described in section II Strategic Elements.  This includes—

      • 5. Distribution of Funds for Core Programs

        Describe the methods and factors the State will use in distributing funds under the core programs in accordance with the provisions authorizing such distributions.  

        • A. For Title I Programs

          Provide a description of the written policies that establish the State's methods and factors used to distribute funds to local areas for—

III. b. 5. A. iii. Dislocated Worker Employment and Training Activities in Accordance with WIOA Section 133(b)(2) and Based on Data and Weights Assigned

Current Narrative:

(iii) Dislocated worker employment and training activities in accordance with WIOA section 133(b)(2) and based on data and weights assigned.

As authorized by WIOA, up to 25% of the state’s Dislocated Worker budget will include a set-aside for “Rapid Response” funds. These funds are used to assist local areas with supplemental funds to support services for layoffs that occur throughout the program year.

The state allocates the remaining Dislocated Worker funding to the service delivery areas based upon information that will include insured unemployment data, unemployment concentrations, plant closing and mass layoff data, declining industries data, farmer/rancher economic hardship data and long-term unemployment data. Given that plant closure and mass layoff data is no longer produced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state will use the sub-state data set of the number of employers with 50 or more initial unemployment insurance claims in their stead. No other informational factors will be used. The data used and weight factors are:

  • 0.320 Average number unemployed
  • 0.320 Average number unemployed over the state’s rate
  • 0.320 Number of Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants with 15 weeks claimed
  • 0.020 Number of employers with 50 or more initial unemployment insurance claims
  • 0.010 Industry employment declines by annual average monthly employment
  • 0.010 Number of USDA Farm Loan borrowers who are bankrupt or delinquent
  • 1.000 Total

To mitigate significant shifts in funding for service delivery areas, the Governor defined hold-harmless levels for the WIOA Dislocated Worker funds. Hold-harmless levels are based on 90% of an area’s relative share of the previous two years of funding.

The state Workforce Development Council has updated the policy for “Distribution of WIOA Title IB Formula Funds, Recapture and Reallocation”.  It was approved by the Council’s One-Stop Committee on March 10, 2020, and is scheduled for final approval on April 7, 2020.  The policy ensures that the state’s fund distribution model first allocates funding to the state’s two local areas.  Within the largest local area, funds will be further distributed among the five service delivery areas. The policy directs the state to follow WIOA fund distribution requirements at WIOA Sec. 128(b) and Sec. 133(b) and can be found on the Council’s website at :