The 2020 Regional Workforce Development Rankings

15 Jan 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.

The ranking components are: (1) CNBC’s America’s Top States for Business 2019, Workforce and Education sub-ranking; (2) Forbes’ most recent Best States for Business Labor Supply sub-ranking; (3) U.S. News’ Best States for Education rankings; (4) ACT National Career Readiness Certificates rankings; and (5) the workforce preparation and development component of the State Economic Development Program Expenditures Database from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER).

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