NEWSLETTER | May 2022 | Volume 7 | Issue 5
Driving the national workforce agenda and providing value-added member services
Upcoming Meetings & Webinars
Conference Corner
Nominations are now open for the 2022 Mark Sanders Award for Exceptional Service to Veterans, with special emphasis on Veterans with Significant Barriers to Employment. The award will be presented during the Ninth Annual NASWA Veterans Conference... More Details
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September 20-22, 2022 | Chicago, IL
What's Happening in the States
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NASWA in Action
NASWA’s Wage and Hour Committee held its inaugural meeting virtually on April 7 with 19 members in attendance from 17 states.

Led by Chair Laura Fortman, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Labor, the Committee provides the opportunity for NASWA members to share promising practices and inform federal wage and hour policy. NASWA Board Chair Robert Asaro-Angelo, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor, joined the meeting to emphasize that the NASWA Board of Directors formed the new committee in response to a need in the states.

Promising practices discussed during the first meeting focused on the challenge of the misclassification of workers. Committee members Quinlan O’Connor (MT) and Joe Petrecca (NJ) shared their state’s unique enforcement tools for preventing worker misclassification.
State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES)
SIDES hosted its first in-person SIDES Seminar since 2020 last week in St. Louis, Mo (April 26-29) with a total of 183 individuals in attendance.

Keynote speaker Jeff Koziatek kicked off the seminar speaking on maintaining confidence in the face of uncertainty. Seminar sessions throughout the week ranged from deep dives into the six SIDES exchanges, to hands-on IT labs and multiple roundtable discussions. Complete seminar materials will be available soon.

A total of 38 states and employers were recognized for their dedication to utilizing SIDES in promoting unemployment integrity during the awards portion of the seminar. View the complete release below.
National Labor Exchange (NLx)
The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) and DirectEmployers Association announced that the National Labor Exchange (NLx), the premier labor exchange for the United States, saw its job postings jump to over 4 million jobs per day. This is an increase of nearly 1 million jobs added over the last year. 

The NLx collects and distributes vetted, active, unduplicated job postings that are indexed daily. Openings are provided by over 350,000 employers, the bulk of which originate from more than 20,000 corporate career center websites, as well as small- and medium-sized employers who post their job openings directly with the publicly-funded state workforce system.

We look forward to continued growth in our partnership with DirectEmployers and to continue serving our member states.  
UI Integrity Center
Workforce IT Support Center (Workforce ITSC)
A recent survey of state workforce agencies found that more than 20% of states utilize manual processes in the unemployment to reemployment pipeline, when undertaking activities such as generating job matches. Some suggest that a manual method is preferable as it provides a more tailored and personal customer experience. The tradeoff between a personalized human touch and enhanced efficiency through technology is often a consideration during the digital transformation and modernization process.

To help weigh these tradeoffs, research the Workforce Technology Collection in NASWA’s Knowledge Exchange Library. Here you can find resources on change management and staff culture as it relates to technology and learn more about how other agencies and industries have navigated the process.

Looking for even more guidance? Our Solutions Marketplace has profiles for 34 consultants with experience on this topic.
UI Interstate Connection Network (ICON)
NASWA recently released a new online learning lesson in the UI ICON curriculum. The new self-paced Federal Claims Control Center (FCCC) – UCX Claims lesson is now available, in addition to an ICON Claims training module certificate. Click below to view this training opportunity.
Note: Member login is required to take these training lessons.
The NASWA ICON team has begun the process of modernizing the ICON system, currently focusing on containerizing real-time applications: Interstate Benefit Inquiry (IBIQ), Unemployment Inquiry (UIQ), State Identification Inquiry (SID) and Withdrawn/Invalid Claims (WIC).

Now is the time to ensure that your state has a voice in this modernization process. To inquire about submitting a representative for your state to the Interstate Benefits Subcommittee or to volunteer early to be a pilot state for testing these containerized applications hosted within the AWS GovCloud, please email us at
Veterans Affairs
The USDOL Bureau of Labor Statistics recently published the 2021 “Employment Situation of Veterans.” This annual report provides information on veteran employment, unemployment, labor force participation, and additional industry and occupation data. Click here for a link. Some August 2021 highlights include:
  • Among Gulf War-era II veterans, the unemployment rate of with a service-connected disability declined by 5.0 percentage points to 3.2 percent and the rate for veterans with no disability decreased by 5.2 percentage points to 3.6 percent.
  • Gulf War-era II veterans who reported a service-connected disability rating of less than 30 percent (94.4 percent) were much more likely to be in the labor force than those with a rating of 60 percent or higher (63.8 percent).
  • 27 percent of employed veterans with a service-connected disability worked in the public sector, compared with 21 percent of veterans with no disability and 13 percent of nonveterans. 
Date: May 24, 2022 | Time: 12:00 - 4 PM ET

The Troops to Energy Jobs Career Fair will connect transitioning servicemen and women, veterans, military spouses, and those who serve in the Guard and Reserves with energy employers from
coast- to- coast. With a growing labor force, the energy industry has a large need for skilled trade professionals, engineers, technicians, plant operators, cyber-security experts, and business professionals.
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Workforce Jobs
Check out open positions at NASWA and around the country!

Have a job to fill? State workforce agencies and NASWA Affiliates may contact to submit an open position.
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