One Stop Career Centers offer core services such as job matching, referral, assessments, a wide array of workforce and labor market information and career guidance, as well as intensive services such as assessments, testing, and workshops. Under the Recovery Act, the Department will spend $400,000,000 to fund core services, with $250,000,000 of those funds to be used by States for reemployment services for Unemployment Insurance claimants (including the integrated Employment Services and Unemployment Insurance information technology required to identify and serve the needs of such claimants).
In accordance with sec. 801 of the Recovery Act, up to one percent of the program funds provided ($4 million) may be used for management and oversight of the program. These funds will be expended in accordance with the operating plan submitted to OMB and Congress.
General Wagner-Peyser Act Labor Exchange Services
Through the Employment Service system, core and intensive services are available universally to jobseekers and include:
•assessment of skill levels, abilities and aptitudes;
•career guidance when appropriate;
•job search workshops; and
•referrals to employers.
The services offered to employers include:
•referral of job seekers to job openings;
•matching job requirements with job seeker experience, skills and other attributes;
•helping with special recruitment needs;
•assisting employers analyze hard-to-fill job orders; and
•assisting with job restructuring.
Other key services include:
•a computerized career information system including access to State job bank resources and institutions and organizations that provide training;
•the development and distribution of state and local workforce information which allows job seekers, employers, and providers and planners of job training and economic development to obtain information about job opportunities, regional job vacancies, labor supply, labor market or workforce trends, and the market situation in particular industries; and
•under section 7(b), 10 percent of the Wagner-Peyser Act funds allotted are reserved for use in other areas, including performance incentives for public Employment Service offices, services for groups with special needs, and the extra costs of exemplary models.
Reemployment Services are targeted to unemployment insurance claimants, and include job search and placement services to job seekers including counseling, testing, occupational and labor market information, assessment, and referral to employers, and appropriate recruitment services and special technical services for employers. Specifically, these services may include:
•Services provided to UI claimants identified through the UI profiling system as likely to exhaust their UI benefits;
•In-person staff assisted services;
•Initial claimant reemployment assessments;
•Career guidance and group and individual counseling, including provision of materials, suggestions, or advice which are intended to assist the job seeker in making occupation or career decisions;
•Provision of labor market, occupational, and skills transferability information that clarifies claimants’ reemployment opportunities and skills used in related or other industries;
•Referral to job banks, job portals, and job openings;
•Referral to employers and registered apprenticeship sponsors;
•Assessment, including interviews, testing, individual and group counseling, or employability planning; and
•Referral to training by WIA-funded or third-party service providers.