Alabama Department of Labor wins $1 million federal grant

The Alabama Department of Labor has won a $1 million federal grant designed to improve workforce data.

It will use the money to improve state workforce longitudinal administrative database, aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of workforce and education programs.

Alabama was one of six $1 million recipients, the others being Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts and Missouri. Two $2.7 million grants were awarded to departments in Mississippi and Rhode Island to improve case management and reporting systems. Total grants awarded were $11.4 million. 

The Workforce Data Quality Initiative grants are awarded with the goal of connecting workforce data with education data, improving data quality in workforce databases, and provide user-friendly information to consumers to help them select workforce and training programs. 

“This administration is committed to reinvigorating workforce development systems in America,” U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta said in a press release. “Access to high-quality data is essential to making good, evidence-based decisions. These Workforce Data Quality Initiative grants help states and local agencies improve the quality and breadth of workforce data, which will benefit businesses, workers and job seekers.”