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LEAD PARTNERS National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA)

December 23, 2013

The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate and partner with the LEAD Center on various projects and policy objectives. The LEAD Center/NASWA collaboration will support meaningful and effective participation of jobseekers with disabilities with services offered by American Job Centers and positively impact employment and economic advancement for our target audience of youth and adults with disabilities. 

NASWA was founded in the depths of the Great Depression, in the early years of unemployment insurance and employment service programs. It is an organization of state administrators of unemployment insurance laws, employment services, training programs, employment statistics and labor market information. Throughout its more than 75-year history, NASWA has strengthened the workforce system through information exchange, liaison and advocacy. 

The guiding principles of NASWA are:

1.    Advance the state role in the workforce system;

2.    Invest in training and professional development; and

3.    Lead in coordinating local, state and federal roles.

A newly published history highlights NASWA's evolution as an organization, affirming NASWA's adaptability and commitment to serving its members. Click here for " A History of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies: From the New Deal to the Twentieth Century."

NASWA's 2012 Annual Report provides information on NASWA's mission, organization, goals, activities, and accomplishments during the past year. For state workforce agency administrators and employees, this document is a reference tool to take full advantage of the benefits of your Association.