Workforce Development

Workforce Development

Welcome to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry's Workforce Development web pages.

Pennsylvania's workforce development system enables businesses and workers to compete in the worldwide, knowledge-based economy. The workforce system enhances employer competitiveness and innovation while preparing Pennsylvanians for jobs that pay in an economy that grows, supports families and businesses and is effectively improving the quality of life for our most valuable resource - our people.
Latest News:
New! WIOA Combined State Plan Posted for Public Comment
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires the governor of each state to submit a four-year Unified or Combined State Plan outlining the state’s workforce development strategy. Pennsylvania plans to submit a Combined State Plan to include the six core programs (Adult, Dislocated Worker, Youth, Wagner-Peyser, Adult Basic Education and Vocational Rehabilitation), as well the following optional programs:
  • Career and technical education programs authorized under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program
  • Employment and training programs under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • Work programs under Section 6(o) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers Programs
  • Jobs for Veterans State Grants Program
  • Senior Community Service Employment Program
  • Community Services Block Grant
  • Reintegration of Ex-Offenders Program
The Plan is required to be posted for public comment for a minimum of 30 days. Pennsylvania’s WIOA Combined State Plan was posted for public comment on December 28, 2015. Public comment were accepted until 5 PM on Monday, February 1, 2016.
Any questions regarding Pennsylvania’s WIOA Combined State Plan should be directed to

PA CareerLink® Philadelphia Northwest Closing

The PA CareerLink® Philadelphia Northwest, 235 West Chelten Avenue , Philadelphia, PA 19144 will be closing to the public on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. Staff and all workstations will be temporarily redirected to alternate PA CareerLinks® within Philadelphia until the new site is ready.
There will be signage at the present site redirecting the customers to the following PA CareerLinks®:
PA CareerLink® Philadelphia North
990 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

PA CareerLink® Philadelphia Northeast
3210 Red Lion Road
Philadelphia, PA 19114

PA CareerLink® Suburban Station
1617 JFK Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19103

PA CareerLink® Warren County Relocation

For your information, the Warren County PACL currently located at 24 Market Street, Warren, PA 16365 will be relocating to 1003 Pennsylvania Avenue West, Warren, PA 16365. The CareerLink will be closed on Friday, August 28 and Monday, August 31, 2015. There will be a signage at the present site with the dates the office will be closed and when it will open at the new location. It will include the Crawford and Oil Region site information and phone numbers if customers need immediate assistance. The new site will open to the public on Tuesday, September 1, 2015.


The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, or WIOA, was signed into law in July 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.
Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system. WIOA promises to bring paradigm-shifting changes to workforce development across the country, and Pennsylvania is laser-focused on implementing it.
To accomplish this, we are working collaboratively with all stakeholders in the workforce development system. We know that bringing together all those involved in the success of workforce development will mean a stronger program and a stronger Pennsylvania.
On these pages you will find all you need to know about WIOA, as well as how you can get involved in having a voice as we work to implement the state plan under WIOA.
Labor & Industry is proud to be leading this historic effort to reinvent workforce and fully realize the benefits and opportunities presented in WIOA. Please join us!
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