The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides federal funds to states to help job seekers, workers, and businesses with career services, job training, education, and workforce development. Our unit oversees both the distribution of these funds to the state’s five Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) and the administration of WIOA activities and services. The WDBs allocate their WIOA funds to local organizations that assist unemployed and underemployed individuals to succeed in the job market, gain new job skills, find a new job, complete their education, obtain training, potentially increase their income, and more. The WDBs assist employers in meeting various workforce needs, including matching them with skilled workers. The goals of the WIOA program are to improve the quality of the workforce, increase economic self-sufficiency, meet the skill needs of employers, and enhance productivity and competitiveness.