NEWSLETTER | September 2020 | Volume 5 | Issue 8
Driving the national workforce agenda and providing value-added member services
Conferences & Meetings
For the first time ever, the NASWA Summit | 84th Annual Meeting can be enjoyed from the comfort of the nearest computer or smart phone!

Enjoy a large selection of speakers, education workshops and panels with takeaways for everyone who attends. Join us for a virtual event you won't want to miss!

Visit the virtual conference site to view the draft agenda, sponsor information, and more! Content is updated frequently, so check back often.
SEPTEMBER VIRTUAL MEETINGS
2020 VETERANS CONFERENCE
Over 1300 attendees joined the first-ever fully virtual NASWA Veterans Conference. Attendees can now access presentations and view recordings of the plenary and breakout sessions.

NOTE: NASWA Member login (email address and NASWA account password) are required to access presentations.
MARK SANDERS AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO VETERANS
Congratulations to the 2020 Mark Sanders Award Winner WorkSource Bend - State of Oregon Employment Department!
COVID-19 Resources
You can now search Reemployment & Recovery COVID-19 topics in addition to Unemployment Insurance topics.

NASWA Members (state workforce agency personnel) have additional resources and solutions available for internal use only. This requires your NASWA Member login to access.
NASWA in Action
STATES PRESENT REAL-TIME "UNEMPLOYMENT TO REEMPLOYMENT" DASHBOARD TO FEDERAL PARTNERS
The Midwest Collaborative, a collaborative of states working in partnership with the Coleridge Initiative, has been measuring the effects of COVID-19 on local economies using real-time data and recently provided an overview of their efforts to key federal partners, including staff from the Office of Management and Budget, US Department of Labor, and Congressional Offices and Committees. These efforts shed light on the critical nature of the work of state Labor Market Information shops and the need for sustained funding to produce real-time labor market insights which are key to state and local policymakers, agency administrators, as well as local businesses and jobseekers.
FISCALNOTE ACCESS FOR MEMBERS
State and Federal Legislative Monitoring for State Workforce Agencies

Interested in how other state legislatures are responding to the pandemic economy? Want to set up an alert for federal bills containing terms like ‘unemployment insurance’ or ‘paid family leave’?

NASWA provides a no-cost legislative monitoring tool to all state and territorial workforce agencies. This service, powered by FiscalNote, allows NASWA members to search and track pending legislation and regulations in all federal and state legislatures. Get started today!

Don’t know your log-in or want to learn more? Let us know!

Coming this fall: a short webinar on getting the most out of your legislative tracking through FiscalNote.
VETERANS POLICY DIRECTOR
PARTICIPATES IN PODCAST
NASWA Veterans Policy Director Lori Adams recorded a podcast with Matt Kellam from Dominion Energy, “General Understanding,” on July 29. Matt is the company’s military and recruitment program coordinator. They discussed services available at the American Job Centers, the role of Veterans staff, and how the National Labor Exchange works. 
VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE VIRTUAL MEETING
The NASWA Veterans Affairs committee met virtually on August 19. Forty-two members were joined by a number of Federal staff and guests to hear updates from the National Veterans Training Institute, Microsoft, a student Veterans project at Brigham Young University and USDOL VETS. They also heard a debrief on the NASWA Veterans Conference.
NASWA POLICY DIRECTORS PRESENT AT SYMPOSIUM
NASWA NLx Director Charlie Terrell and Veterans Policy Director Lori Adams were featured presenters at the Seventh Annual Warrior Community Integration Symposium, August 26. Their session, “Connecting Veteran Talent With Opportunity,” featured an overview of the National Labor Exchange, and job portals developed for Veterans and Virtual job seekers.
NASWA Services
UI TECHNOLOGY COLLABORATIVE CALL
ON MANAGING UI WORKLOAD
In July, the NASWA UI IT Support Center (UI ITSC), the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Unemployment Insurance, the Office of the Chief Information Officer, and the U.S. Digital Service initiated a collaborative discussion of UI technology issues in the context of the UI system’s response to COVID-19, with a goal to identify and share innovations across states on key topic areas. The focus of this call was on how states managed customer relations and workload during the pandemic.
WORKFORCE IT SUPPORT CENTER
VIRTUAL SERVICES ONLINE TOOLS AVAILABLE!
Tools focused on virtual services are now available through the Workforce IT Support Center (Workforce ITSC) Solutions Marketplace.

These tools allow NASWA state members to find virtual service technology solutions and promising practices.
What's Happening in the States
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
WYOMING
Labor Market Insights
SEPTEMBER LABOR MARKET INSIGHTS

Contributed by Michael Horrigan, President of W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

This month’s labor market insights relate to what is happening with permanent job loss.

In advance of Friday’s employment release, it is notable that as of the recent April peak, 78.3% of the 21.3 million unemployed (18.1 m) were on temporary layoff, expecting recall. Only 8.7% were permanent job losers, and 6.4% were reentrants to unemployment.
Workforce Jobs
Have you seen the jobs available on our Workforce Jobs page?

View the most recent job listings or email webmaster@naswa.org to submit a workforce development-related job.
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