WDB Plans, Reports and Documents



Annual Plans
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) supports the City's workforce development activities provided through its Workforce Development System, comprised of WorkSource and YouthSource Centers, and the HIRE LA's Youth Initiative. This effort is impactful having served over 755,000 Angelenos within the past five years. The Annual Plans cover the service strategies, activities and budget for the City's Workforce Development System. They outline how the City will deliver services and meet the objectives of promoting a trained workforce with access to good jobs and a strong business/employer regional economy.

Annual Reports
  • Connecting, 2011-2012
    May 2013
    In spite of slow economic recovery, the City's Workforce Development System assisted over 177,000 jobseekers, laid off workers, youth and employers during 2011-2012
  • Building a Stronger Los Angeles Workforce, 2010-2011
    July 2011
    During Program Year 2010-11, the WIB Workforce Development System assisted over 200,000 job seekers in their search for employment and training
  • Recovery in Action, 2009-2010
    July 2010
    This report showcases the Workforce Investment Board's many extraordinary services dedicated to the improvement of the Los Angeles workforce and economy

Los Angeles Basin Regional Planning Unit - Regional Workforce Development Plan 2017-2020
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) mandates regional workforce planning as does the State of California. The Los Angeles Basin Regional Plan covers the entire County including its seven local Workforce Development Boards (City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, Long Beach, South Bay, Verdugo, Foothill and Southeast Los Angeles County), eighty-eight cities, and all unincorporated areas stretching from the ocean to the Mojave Desert.
March 2017

Local Strategic Workforce Plans
The Local Workforce Plans outline workforce development strategies, including employment training and supportive services for low-income residents throughout the City. The plans summarize administration, program budgets, program goals, and service strategies for a stated period. The Local Strategic Workforce Plans align with the State of California Workforce Development Board's Strategic State Plan for California's Workforce Investment system.

Unemployment Rates Report
Current Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment Numbers for the Nation, the State of California, Los Angeles County, and the City of Los Angeles. Also includes unemployment percentage rates.

College Opportunity for All: L.A.'s Disconnected Youth - July 2016
New Reports by Professor Paul Harrington and Neeta Fogg, Center for Labor Markets and Policy, Drexel University
July 2016



CSUN ScholarWorks System
California State University Northridge has a comprehensive online library providing free, open access to scholarly work and reports for the larger workforce, researchers and community. Below are a list of reports related to Los Angeles workforce, the WorkSource System and the local economy.

Adult Education in Los Angeles
California's Forgotten Middle-Skill Jobs- Meeting the Demands of a 21st Century Economy
Report by Skills2Compete California, the Workforce Alliance, and the California Edge Campaign

Economic & Employment Reports - Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Special reports from the L.A. Area Chamber and partnering organizations, including Beacon Economics

Economic Overview & Employment Forecast for Los Angeles
"The Next Decade: Industries and Occupations for the Los Angeles Workforce"
Commissioned by the WIB and produced by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), the report identifies regional industries that are promising to target for job retention and expansion efforts and investment in sector training programs. The report provides an economic overview of Los Angeles County, the City of Los Angeles, and an employment forecast for the next decade. The report also identifies the industries which are expected to grow and provide job opportunities for Los Angelenos.

Evaluation of L.A.’s HOPE
LA’s HOPE is one of five federal demonstration projects co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The program seeks to move chronically homeless persons into permanent housing and assists with attaining and keeping employment.

Evaluation of the Los Angeles Re-Entry Employment Options Project
Funded by the State of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Re-Entry Employment Options Project (REEOP) provides support and services related to job creation, training, and job placement efforts for men and women who leave prison with no direct access to specialized programs in the City and County of Los Angeles

Federal Budget
Los Angeles City Council
A detailed review of economic, wage, and employment information for the City as a whole and per the City's 15 Council Districts conducted by the L.A. Area Chamber and Beacon Economics

Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) Economic Reports
To see the latest economic reports for the Los Angeles Region, please visit the LAEDC website at www.laedc.org

Los Angeles Economic Roundtable: Economic, Social and Environmental Research
The most recent unemployment and under-employment data broken out by age, education and ethnicity for the United States, California and Los Angeles County shows very high unemployment rates for college educated workers in Los Angeles, indicating a hollowing out of knowledge-based jobs

Los Angeles Economy Project
  • Report Summary
  • Report Detail
    - Section I: Economic Base and Workforce Conditions of LA County, 1982-2003 - Major Industries in Focus
    - Section II: Comparison of LA County, Orange County & Ventura County
    - Section III: LA’s Evolving Industry Structure - Economic Profile of LA City Planning Areas
    - Section IV: Comparison of Business Trends for LA City & Surrounding County
    - Section V: An Analysis of Firm Size in LA City with Special Attention to Minority- and Women-Owned Firms
    - Section VI: Capital Access Initiatives
    - Section VII: Entrepreneurship Training to Stimulate Small-Business Growth, Retention and Expansion
    - Section VIII: Labor Market Strengths & Weaknesses
    - Section IX: Hopeful Workers, Marginal Jobs
    - Section X: Workforce Development Initiatives
  • Report Appendix
    December 2005

Partnerships for Summer Youth Employment
A publication by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, to highlight how fourteen Major cities across the United States, including Los Angeles, have created innovative and successful partnerships to promote summer youth employment in 2012. activities undertaken by fourteen American cities, including Los Angeles' efforts, in 2012

Pat Brown Institute Publication
Proposed New Economic Development Organizations for City of Los Angeles
Report compiled by HR&A Advisors, Inc, to analyze and recommend a new approach to citywide economic development following the State-mandated elimination of the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles throughout California and the lingering effects of the Great Recession

Summer Youth Jobs: A Survey of Business Executives
A U.S. Conference of Mayors Survey for American business executives, in an effort to understand summer youth hiring practices and identify the fundamental problems facing summer jobs programs, as well as their potential solutions

To Train or Not to Train: Is Workforce Training a Good Public Investment?
California Senate Office of Research - Policy Matters
For years, policy makers have faced a dilemma, should workforce development resources such as Workforce Investment Act funds be used to help the unemployed and underemployed find immediate employment; or should the money be spent upgrading workers’ job skills to help make them more employable in today’s labor market?

U.S. Conference of Mayors 2012
United Way on Employment Transition for Returning Service Men and Women
Report on the uncertain financial stability of returning veterans and how our professional community can work collaboratively to strengthen the service system, helping them succeed

Why Green Is your Color
A comprehensive manual designed to assist women with job training and career development as they enter into innovative and nontraditional jobs

Workforce Development System
Youth at the Crossroads Conference 2012
Focusing on the mission and significance of new law AB12 (the California Fostering Connections to Success Act which extends the foster care emancipation age to 21), California-wide child welfare/workforce agencies met to evaluate and improve foster care, particularly that of older youth



Dropouts: Path to Poverty
A new study on high school dropouts in Los Angeles raises the specter of a lifetime existence at the poverty level. In his newly released report, Professor Paul Harrington, noted economist and director of the Center for Labor Market Studies - Northeastern University, Boston, illuminates the extent to which the economic effects to dropouts are disastrous in terms of lowering the likelihood of employment, lowering wages and lifetime earnings, and increasing the risk of falling into poverty.  The report, commissioned by the City of Los Angeles’ workforce policy leaders, which is the Workforce Investment Board (WIB), along with the WIB Youth Council, and the Community Development Department (CDD) reports some sobering statistics.

Work, School, and Idleness
Consequences of Dropping Out
One Out of Five
All of the previous reports follow-up on the 2005 WIB/CDD commissioned study and report by Professor Harrington

New York Times Article