Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council gets $4.1M from feds




The state Employment Security Department has distributed $4.1 million in federal funds to the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council, a $231,000 drop from last year's allocation, the agency said Thursday.

The allocation to the council that serves Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties is part of a total $45 million distribution to 12 workforce development councils across Washington. The funding for the fiscal year that runs from July 2013 through June 2014 comes from the federal Department of Labor through the Workforce Investment Act.

The overall federal appropriation to the state is about $3.8 million less than last year, the state agency said. As a result, 10 of the 12 councils faced cuts in their allocations. Workforce Investment Act funding allocations are based on population, unemployment levels and the percentage of low-income people.

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