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On July 22, 2014, the United States Congress passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) [Public Law 113-128] which rescinded the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998.

WIOA requires each workforce development board to develop and submit, in partnership with the local chief elected official, to the state a comprehensive four-year plan, which was submitted in May, 2016. The WIOA Program Year (PY) 2018 Plan Update will provide current information and be effective July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019. 

In accordance with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Section 108(d), the workforce development board shall make copies of the proposed local plan available to the public through electronic and other means, such as public hearings and local news media; allow for public comment not later than the end of the 30 day period beginning on the date the proposed plan is made available; and, include with submission of the local plan any comments that represent disagreement with the plan.

Therefore, the public is invited to review the current DRAFT Update of the Eastern Carolina Local Area Plan update for Program Year 2018 here. Additionally, comments concerning the Plan may be submitted at a public hearing to be held at the ECWDB Offices in New Bern on Monday, April 23, 2018, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Final comments must be submitted to the Workforce Development Board [], in writing no later than 4:00 pm on Monday, April 23, 2018.  Comments may also be mailed to:

Eastern Carolina Workforce Development Board, Inc.

1341 South Glenburnie Road

New Bern, NC 28562

[Attn: Robert Kehres]

Updated: March 23, 2018

NCWorks Commission releases the 2016 Employer Needs Survey.

The 2016 Employer Needs Survey, carried out by the Labor and Economic Analysis Division (LEAD) of the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the NCWorks Commission, is a survey of over 1,900 establishments of all sizes from across the state. The goal of the survey was to identify the needs of employers across the state, with a particular emphasis on hiring difficulties and recruitment and retention practices. In addition to an Overall sample of all industries, they surveyed four industry-specific samples: Manufacturing, Construction, Health Care & Social Assistance (Health Care), and a set of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics-related industries (STEM).

The survey is a follow up to a previous effort in 2014, which found a similar level of hiring difficulties, with roughly 4 out of 10 hiring employers experiencing difficulty filling a least one position within the previous 12 months. Manufacturing and Construction employers reported higher levels of difficulty while STEM employers reported lower levels of difficulty than the Overall average.

The report is a summary of key findings/issues noted in the survey and reflects the current status of workforce skills needs in North Carolina based on the survey data.

Updated: September 28, 2016



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