WIOA Unified Strategic Workforce Development Plan

About the Plan


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The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 requires the Governor of each State to outline a four-year strategy for the State’s workforce development system by preparing either a Unified State Plan encompassing the following core federal programs: WIOA Title IB, Title II-Adult Education, Title III-Wagner-Peyser, and Title IV-Vocational Rehabilitation Services; or a Combined State Plan that includes the six core programs from a unified plan, plus one or more eligible partner programs identified under WIOA (Perkins Act career and technical education programs, TANF, SNAP, E&T programs, TAA, etc.).  Illinois follows the Unified State Plan approach.

The WIOA Unified State Plan is designed to provide a vision of the Governor’s integration of workforce, education and economic development policy while also serving as a federal compliance document for the United States Departments of Labor and Education under WIOA. The Unified State Plan outlines the vision, principles and goals for the integration of workforce, education and economic development programs for the State of Illinois​. 

A final version of the Unified State Plan for Illinois was submitted to and approved by the United States Departments of Labor and Education in 2016. The Act also required a modification in 2018 (see below).

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State of Illinois WIOA Unified State Plan - 2018 Modification


State of Illinois
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
Unified State Plan for Program Years 2016-2020
(July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2020)

The Unified State Plan for Illinois was initially submitted for the period of 2016-2020.   WIOA requires a modification to the plan at the end of the first 2-year period of the Unified State Plan.  This modification must include information on changes in labor market and economic conditions and other factors affecting the implementation of the Unified State Plan.

The final draft of the Unified State Plan modification was prepared under the leadership of the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board with representation of the required partners of the Unified State Plan and may be viewed using the link below. 

The 2018 Illinois WIOA Unified Plan Modification - (PDF)

​Appendices

  • Program Specific Requirements for Title IB (PDF)
  • Program Specific Requirements for Title II (PDF)
  • Program Specific Requirements for Title III  (PDF)
  • Program Specific Requirements for Title IV (PDF)

Attachments A - Z

  • Attachment A - Public Comments (PDF)
  • Attachment B - Employment Projections (PDF)
  • Attachment C - Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment (PDF)
  • Attachment D - Targeted Populations (PDF)
  • Attachment E - IWIB Strategic Plan (PDF)
  • Attachment F - Education, Workforce, and Economic Development Leadership Team (PDF)
  • Attachment G - Illinois Sector Partnership Framework (PDF)
  • Attachment H - State Workforce Board Members (PDF)
  • Attachment I - Interagency Work Group Members (PDF)
  • Attachment J - Governor's Guidelines (PDF) (PNG)
  • Attachment K - Transportation Distribution and Logistics Task Force Final Report (PDF)
  • Attachment L - Local Workforce Area Designation (PDF)
  • Attachment M - Illinois Workforce Innovation Board Process for System-Wide Policy Development (PDF)
  • Attachment N - Illinois Regional Planning Guides (PDF)
  • Attachment O - Regional Planning Data (PDF)
  • Attachment P - One-Stop Center Accessibility Compliance Checklist (PDF) *The Preview of this document only works in Internet Explorer 
  • Attachment Q - Methods of Funds Distribution (PDF)
  • Attachment R - Local Workforce Area Map (PDF)
  • Attachment S - Local Workforce Area and Regional Planning Area Map (PDF)
  • Attachment T - Organizational Charts (PDF) (Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity PNG) (Division of Rehabilitation PNG) (Illinois Community College Board PNG) (Illinois Department of Employment Security PNG)
  • Attachment U - Policy Documents (PDF)
  • Attachment V - Illinois Integrated Business Services Environmental Scan (PDF)
  • Attachment W - Economic Development Region (EDR) Employment Data (PDF)
  • Attachment X - EDR Demand Occupations' Education and Training Requirements (PDF)
  • Attachment Y - Job Service Quarterly Reports (June 30, 2013 PNG) (June 30, 2014 PNG) (June 30, 2015 PNG) (June 30, 2016 PNG) (June 30, 2017 PNG)
  • Attachment Z - Illinois Program Year 2018 and 2019 Negotiated Levels of Performance (PDF)
  • Attachment AA - Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities Recommendations Report (PDF)

Illinois Unified State Plan
Tables, Charts, Figures, Maps and Diagrams

The following graphic files, included within the plan, are​ separated below for convenient access.

  • Table 1: Illinois vs. Benchmark States vs. Nation: Change in GDP, Employment and Earnings over Last 10 Years (PNG)
  • Table 2: Illinois Employment by Major Industry Sector (PNG)
  • Figure 1: Bubble Chart Based on Table 2 (PNG)
  • Figure 2a: Major Industry Clusters in the Northeast Region (JPG)
  • Figure 2b: Major Industry Clusters in the Southwest Region (PNG)
  • Table 3: Illinois Employment by Major Occupational Sector (PNG)
  • Table 4: LEADING Major Industry Sectors Statewide (PNG)
  • Table 5: EMERGING Major Industry Sectors Statewide (PNG)
  • Table 6:  MATURING Major Industry Sectors Statewide (PNG)
  • Table 7: Leading, Emerging and Maturing Sectors Identified by Economic Development Region (PNG)
  • Table 8: Distribution of Industry Employment in the U.S. and Midwest Regional Similarities and Differences (PNG)
  • Table 9: High Demand Healthcare Occupations (PNG)
  • Table 10: PY2018 and PY2019 Proposed Levels for Title I Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth And Wagner-Peyser Performance Targets for Illinois - Proposed Levels of Performance for Illinois (PNG)
  • Table 11: 2015-2016 Illinois Education, Workforce and Economic Leadership Team (PDF)
  • Table 12a: Northeast Region Employment by Industry/Occupational Cluster (PNG)
  • Table 12b: Southwest Region Employment by Industry/Occupational Cluster (PNG)
  • Table 12c: Leading, Emerging and Maturing Health Care Industries in the Northeast Region (PNG)
  • Table 12d: Leading, Emerging and Maturing Manufacturing Industries in the Southwest Region (PNG)
  • Table 12e: Occupational Employment in Health Care Industries in the Northeast Region (PNG)
  • Table 12f: Occupational Employment in Manufacturing Industries in the Southwest Region (PNG)
  • Table 13: Illinois Workforce Innovation Board Membership Roster (PNG)
  • Table 14: Employment Status of Illlinois' Civilian Non-institutional Population 18 Years and Over by Veteran Status (PNG)
  • Chart 1: Current Distribution of Industry IL vs. U.S. and Average of Other Midwest States (PNG)
  • Chart 2: U.S. Employment Distribution Trend (PNG)
  • Chart 3: IL Employment Distribution Trend (PNG)
  • Chart 4: Midwest State Average (not including IL) Employment Distribution Trend (PNG)
  • Chart 5: Projected U.S. Employment Growth by Educational Requirements: 2012-2022 (PNG)
  • Chart 6: IL Median Income by Educational Attainment: 2014 (PNG)
  • Chart 7: Percent of IL Population by Educational Attainment: 2000-2014 (PNG)
  • Chart 8: Target Population Characteristics (PNG)
  • Map 1: Education and Health Services Location Quotient, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 2: Financial Activities Location Quotient, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 3: Leisure and Hospitality Location Quotient, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 4: Manufacturing Location Quotient, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 5: Trade, Transportation and Utilities Location Quotient, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Illinois Economic Development Regions (PNG)
  • Illinois Regional Planning Process Framework (PNG)
  • Illinois Sector Strategy Success Factors (PNG)

Unified State Plan Approvals and Prior Versions


2018 USDOL/USDOE State Plan Approval Letter
On June 20, 2018, the US Departments of Education and Labor, the Rehabilitation Services Administration and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services notified Governor Rauner the Illinois Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Unified State Plan Modification is approved.  This update, developed under the leadership of the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board, was the result of months of work by a team comprised of staff from multiple state agencies and partner stakeholders across Illinois.  View the approval notification here (PDF).

2016 USDOL/USDOE State Plan Approval Letter
In June 2016 USDOL and DOE approved the Illinois WIOA Unified State Plan on the condition that certain items be addressed by Sept. 1, 2016. The Illinois response was jointly developed by the WIOA core partners that make up the Governor’s WIOA Interagency Work Group and made available for public comment. The response was approved by the IWIB Executive Committee and submitted to DOL/DOE on August 31, 2016. Download the approval letter (PDF) and the Technical Plan Modification #1 (PDF).

WIOA Plan Submitted 2016
Original WIOA Plan Submitted 2016 (PDF)