The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) was founded in the depths of the Great Depression, in the early years of unemployment insurance and employment service programs. It is an organization of state administrators of unemployment insurance laws, employment services, training programs, employment statistics and labor market information. Throughout its more than 75-year history, NASWA has strengthened the workforce system through information exchange, liaison, and advocacy.

The guiding principles of NASWA are:

  • Advance the state role in the workforce system;
  • Invest in training and professional development; and
  • Lead in coordinating local, state, and federal roles.

The Bylaws were approved on September 18, 2014.

A newly published history highlights NASWA's evolution as an organization, affirming NASWA's adaptability and commitment to serving its members. Click here for "A History of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies: From the New Deal to the Twentieth Century ."

NASWA's 2013 Annual Report provides detailed information on NASWA's mission, organization, goals, activities and accomplishments during the 2013 association year. This document serves as a comprehensive resource for state workforce agency administrators and workforce agency employees to take full advantage of the benefits of NASWA membership. Please keep it by your desk and consult it when you need help. If you do, you are certain to find out about a committee, workgroup, conference, or project that can help you find solutions to your problems. And, the staff of NASWA stands ready in Washington, DC to assist you if you need further help.

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