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The 2022 Regional Workforce Development Rankings

Nation statistics shows rural initiatives increase this success.


Alabama is ranked #1 in the South-Central Region for Workforce Development.

West AlabamaWorks! was recently awarded a $973,709 DOL WORC grant to implement innovative strategies to address systemic and programmatic barriers, gaps in training, and job placement opportunities throughout Pickens, Hale, Greene, Sumter, and Marengo counties.

The rankings are based on an index of objective criteria that apply to all 50 states. The criteria are: (1) CNBC’s America’s Top States for Business 2021 Workforce and Education sub-ranking; (2) U.S. News’ 2021 Best States for Education rankings; (3) ACT National Career Readiness Certificates for 2021; (4) the Workforce Preparation and Development component of the Council for Community and Economic Research’s State Economic Development Program Expenditures Database; and (5) whether or not the charge of the state workforce board or council that connects education to workforce development goes beyond the requirements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, according to the Education and Workforce Development Connections 2021 report from the Education Commission of the United States.