The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) is an organization of state administrators of unemployment insurance laws, employment services, training programs, employment statistics and labor market information and other programs and services provided through the publicly-funded state workforce system.

Mission of NASWA

  • PROMOTE the work of state workforce agencies.
  • ENGAGE in liaison activities with the U.S. Department of Labor, Congress, employers, workers, the public, and the media.
  • FACILITATE information sharing among association members through conferences, webinars, research and other forms of communication.
  • INITIATE training and development activities to enhance program performance, efficiency, and innovation.

NASWA accomplished and advanced many initiatives over the past year including:

Effective Engagement With Congress and USDOL

Aside from educating lawmakers on the crucial role state workforce agencies play in administering unemployment insurance (UI) programs as well as the Workforce Investment Act, NASWA helped to advance a wealth of new policy initiatives contained in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. For the first time, Congress provided $446 million so every state could offer reemployment services for claimants on Emergency Unemployment Compensation – otherwise known as EUC08.

Key Voice on Veterans Employment Issues

NASWA testified before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs describing how states were promoting the Veterans Retraining and Assistance Program (VRAP) and other important issues affecting Veterans.

Informing Policy with Timely Research and Reports

Conducting nine surveys, NASWA produced reports to Congress and USDOL on funding challenges affecting most states; dispelling the notion that states do not spend and obligate their funds, providing the most current information on UI Employer taxes and providing critical research for USDOL through NASWA's state supplemental survey.

Expanding the National Labor Exchange (NLX)

The NLX – for the first time – expanded to all 50 states plus three territories connecting workforce agencies through a national job bank system averaging more than one million distinct and verified job listings daily.

Expansion of the State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES)

The SIDES consortium – a key initiative aimed at preventing unemployment insurance overpayments – grew to 46 states.

Center for Employment Security Education and Research (CESER)

CESER finalized a report on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, funded by USDOL, and completed its work on the Healthcare Virtual Career Network, linking job seekers with the healthcare field.

NASWA Website

Serving as the workforce systems most comprehensive and timely site for workforce information, the NASWA website continues to add value for members.

To learn more about the value of NASWA membership, please download our most recent annual report.

If you need information on a committee, workgroup, conference or anything else regarding your Association, please contact NASWA's Executive Director Scott Sanders at (202)434-8020 or, or NASWA's Deputy Executive Director, Bob Simoneau at 202-434-8021 or

NASWA Membership

There are three levels of NASWA Membership:

NASWA State Member:

This account is FREE to all state workforce agencies who are NASWA members, which includes all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. All employees who work for a state workforce agency are eligible for NASWA Member Accounts.

Government Partners:

This account is FREE to U.S. Department of Labor employees and staff, and other selected Federal Agency employees and Congressional staff.


Organizations interested in the Workforce Investment System, such as workforce investment boards, local one-stop career centers, economic development organizations, community colleges, employment research organizations, and workforce system trainers, consultants, and vendors. Affiliate accounts are $1,000 per year for up to 10 users.

NASWA Account Benefits

NASWA members, government partners and affiliates have access to:

Workforce Bulletin

NASWA's flagship publication covers activities in Congress, the Executive Branch and States related to the workforce system.


NASWA elerts enable you to be automatically notified by e-mail when information is added to the website and as breaking legislative activity occurs.


The NASWA NewsWire is an automatic e-mail that contains links to national and state workforce news.

WIA Reauthorization Resource Center

Resources available through the Resource Center include the Latest News on WIA Reauthorization efforts, Current Law by WIA title, information and analyses on Proposed Legislation in Congress and Other Resources on WIA reauthorization.

Conference Presentation Database

Search for presentations from past NASWA Conferences. You can search by a specific conference or use a specific category filter.

Member Search

Search for NASWA members, government partners and affiliates.

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