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The Latest Update: Thursday, October 10, 2019

October 10, 2019


When analyzing spending on workforce development activities as part of states’ overall economic development expenditures, there has been a substantial increase over the last decade.

For the budget year covering 2020, states have committed to spending a total of $1.76 billion on workforce preparation and development.

This is more than double the amount from 2011. This amount is separate from Federal funding that is provided through a variety of U.S. Department of Labor and Department of Education programs. 

While the increase corresponds with an overall increase in economic development spending by states, the percentage allocated to workforce development rose from 11 percent to 13 percent. In calculating the amount of state investment, the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) focuses on the amount states spent on education, training and recruitment of workers with programs concentrating on improving the skills base and job placement of a state and/or community’s labor base. For economic development, these programs are almost always employer or firm focused.  

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