WIOA 2020 - 2024 Workforce Development Strategic Plan



About the Plan

Illinois State Seal

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 requires the Governor of each State to outline a four-year strategy for the State's workforce development system encompassing the following core federal programs: WIOA Title IB, Title II-Adult Education, Title III-Wagner-Peyser, and Title IV-Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

The WIOA Unified State Plan is designed to provide a vision of the Governor's integration of workforce, education and economic development policy and includes principles, goals and strategies to achieve the vision.

The plan includes input from leaders in business, economic development, education and training, workforce development, organized labor, advocates for populations with barriers to employment and experts on economic and labor market information.

The 2020 Unified State Plan was approved by DOL & DOE on May 29, 2020.


2022 Modification

Federal law requires Illinois's Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Unified State Plan to last four years, and to have a modification halfway through that plan. The current plan was approved in 2020, and this modification was submitted in 2022.


2021 WIOA Waiver
COVID-19 Emergency WIOA Waivers

2020 State Plan Word Cloud
The word cloud indicates the words used most frequently throughout the plan, the more often a word appears in the plan the larger it appears in the cloud.
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State of Illinois WIOA Unified State Plan 2022 Modification

State of Illinois
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
Unified State Plan for Program Years 2020-2023
(July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2024)

The 2022 Unified State Plan modification was prepared under the leadership of the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board with representation of the required partners of the Unified State Plan and may be viewed using the link below. 

NEW  2022 Illinois WIOA Unified Plan Modification Submitted Awaiting DOL Approval (PDF)



2020 Illinois WIOA Unified Plan Approved by DOL and DOE (PDF)

Attachments A - Z

  • Attachment A – BLS QCEW - Industries by Supersector and NAICS Code
  • Attachment B – Public Comments (PDF)
  • Attachment C – Public Survey Results (PDF)
  • Attachment D – Sector Strategies Framework (PDF)
  • Attachment E – Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities (EEOPD) Plan (PDF)
  • Attachment F – Illinois' Integrated Business Services Framework (PDF)
  • Attachment G – Governor's Guidelines - Revision 4 (PDF)
  • Attachment H – Illinois Workforce Innovation Board (PDF)
  • Attachment I – Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (PDF)
  • Attachment J – One-Stop Center Accessibility Compliance Checklist (PDF)
  • Attachment K – Local Workforce Area and Regional Planning Area Map (PNG)
  • Attachment L – Process for designating Local Workforce Innovation Areas (LWIA) under WIOA was established by WIOA Transition Policy 1 (PDF)
  • Attachment M – Combined Region and Local Data Packets (PDF)
  • Attachment N – Policy Documents (PDF)

Unified State Plan Approvals and Prior Versions
2022 State Plan
View the WIOA Waiver Notification here (PDF).

2020 State Plan
View the approval notification here (PDF). View the WIOA Waiver Notification here (PDF).
Archived 2020 Plan Information - View Page

2018 State Plan
View the approval notification here (PDF). View the WIOA Waiver Notification here (PDF)
Archived 2018 Plan Information - View Page

2016 State Plan
Download the approval letter (PDF) and the Technical Plan Modification #1 (PDF).
WIOA Plan Submitted 2016
Original WIOA Plan Submitted 2016 (PDF)

Illinois Unified State Plan
Tables, Charts, Figures, Maps and Diagrams

The following graphic files, included within the plan, are​ separated below for convenient access.

  • Priority Sectors Methodology (PNG)
  • DCEO Economic Development Plan/WIOA USP Areas of Interest Crosswalk (PNG)
  • Chart 1-Bradstreet Health Index National Trend (PNG)
  • Figure 1-Dun & Bradstreet Index of Business Health (PNG)
  • Chart 2-US Inflation Rates from 1983 through 2021 (PNG)
  • Table 1-Illinois vs. Benchmark States vs. US: Change in GDP, Employment & Earnings over 10 years (PNG)
  • Table 2-Illinois Employment by Major Industry Sectors (PNG)
  • Figure 2a-Bubble Chart Based on Table 2 (PNG)
  • Figure 2b-Bubble Chart Based on Table 2 (LQ) (PNG)
  • Map 1-U.S.-All Industries Loc. Quotient, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 2-U.S.-All Industries 12 Mo. % Change in Employment, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 3-Illinois-All Industries Loc. Quotient, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 4-U.S.-Nat. Resources & Mining Loc. Quotient, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 5-U.S.-Nat. Resources & Mining 12 Mo. % Change in Employment, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 6-Illinois-Nat. Resources Loc. Quotient, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 7-U.S.- Construction Loc. Quotient, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 8-U.S.- Construction 12 Mo. % Change in Employment, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 9-Illinois Construction Loc. Quotient, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 10-U.S. Manufacturing Loc. Quotient, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 11-U.S. Manufacturing 12 Mo. % Change in Employment, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 12-Illinois Manufacturing Loc. Quotient, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 13-U.S. Trade, Trans., and Utilities Loc. Quotient, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 14-U.S. Trade, Trans. and Utilities 12 Mo. % Change in Employment, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 15-Illinois Trade, Trans. and Utilities Loc. Quotient, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 16-U.S. Information Loc. Quotient, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 17-U.S. Information 12 Mo. % Change in Employment, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 18-Illinois Information Loc. Quotient, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 19-U.S. Financial Activities Loc. Quotient, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 20-U.S. Financial Activities 12 Mo. % Change in Employment, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 21-Illinois Financial Activities Loc. Quotient, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 22-U.S. Pro. & Business Services Loc. Quotient, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 23-U.S. Pro. & Business Services 12 Mo. % Change in Employment, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 24-Illinois Pro. & Business Services Loc. Quotient, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 25-U.S. Education & Health Loc. Quotient, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 26-U.S. Education & Health 12 Mo. % Change in Employment, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 27-Illinois Education & Health Loc. Quotient, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 28-U.S. Leisure & Hospitality Loc. Quotient, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 29-U.S. Leisure & Hospitality 12 Mo. % Change in Employment, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Map 30-Illinois Leisure & Hospitality Loc. Quotient, Private Sector Employment (PNG)
  • Table 3-Ranking of Sectors by Location Quotient (PNG)
  • Table 4-Illinois Employment by Major Occupational Sector (PNG)
  • Table 5-LEADING Major Industry Sectors Statewide (PNG)
  • Table 6-EMERGING Major Industry Sectors Statewide (PNG)
  • Table 7-MATURING Major Industry Sectors Statewide (PNG)
  • Table 8-Leading, Emerging and Maturing Sectors Identified by Economic Development Region (PNG)
  • Table 9-Sector Ranking with Regional Weighting (PNG)
  • Sector Employment Changes Chart 1 (PNG)
  • Sector Employment Changes Chart 2 (PNG)
  • Sector Employment Changes Chart 3 (PNG)
  • Sector Employment Changes Chart 4 (PNG)
  • Sector Employment Changes Chart 5 (PNG)
  • Sector Employment Changes Chart 6 (PNG)
  • Sector Employment Changes Chart 7 (PNG)
  • Sector Employment Changes Chart 8 (PNG)
  • Sector Employment Changes Chart 9 (PNG)
  • Chart 3-Job Posting Data (PNG)
  • ICAPS Model 1 & 2 (PNG)
  • Migration Table 1 (PNG)
  • Migration Chart 1 (PNG)
  • Migration Chart 2 (PNG)
  • Migration Table 2 (PNG)
  • Migration Chart 3 (PNG)
  • Migration Table 3 (PNG)
  • Migration Table 4 (PNG)
  • Migration Table 5 (PNG)
  • Figure 3-Illinois Labor Force Statistics by Economic Region (PNG)
  • Chart 4-Industries with large increase in Unemployment Insurance Claimants (PNG)
  • Chart 5-Sector employment line graph (PNG)
  • Chart 6-Sector employment line graph (PNG)
  • Chart 7-Sector employment line graph (PNG)
  • Chart 8-Sector employment line graph (PNG)
  • Chart 9-Sector employment line graph (PNG)
  • Chart 10-Sector employment line graph (PNG)
  • Chart 11-Sector employment line graph (PNG)
  • Chart 12-Sector employment line graph (PNG)
  • Chart 13-Sector employment line graph (PNG)
  • Chart 14-Sector employment line graph (PNG)
  • Chart 15-Sector employment line graph (PNG)
  • Figure 4-Unemployment Rate by Race and Ethnicity (PNG)
  • Figure 5-Unemployment Rate by Race and Ethnicity (PNG)
  • Table 10-historical comparisons of unemployment rates (PNG)
  • Chart 16-Percentage of total Illinois continued UI-Gender (PNG)
  • Chart 17-Percentage of total Illinois continued UI-Race (PNG)
  • Chart 18-Labor Force and Unemployment by Race and Ethnicity (PNG)
  • Table 11-Working-Age Population and Labor Force Data (PNG)
  • Table 12-Diversity of Illinois Start-up Companies (PNG)
  • Chart 19-Racial Inequity in Chicagoland Workforce (PNG)
  • Chart 20-Racial Inequity in Chicagoland Workforce (PNG)
  • Chart 21-Racial Inequity in Chicagoland Workforce (PNG)
  • Chart 22-Racial Inequity in Chicagoland Workforce (PNG)
  • Chart 23-Racial Inequity in Chicagoland Workforce (PNG)
  • Chart 24-Racial Inequity in Chicagoland Workforce (PNG)
  • Chart 25-Racial Inequity in Chicagoland Workforce (PNG)
  • Chart 26-Racial Inequity in Chicagoland Workforce (PNG)
  • Chart 27-Racial Inequity in Chicagoland Workforce (PNG)
  • Chart 28-U.S. Labor Market Condition - Line graph (PNG)
  • Chart 29-Great Reshuffle: Hires & Quits Both Elevated (PNG)
  • Chart 30-Illinois Labor Participation Rate (PNG)
  • Chart 31-Transparency on DE&I (PNG)
  • Chart 32-US employee's work location throughout pandemic (PNG)
  • Chart 33-Remote work rates among US white-collar employees (PNG)
  • Chart 34-US employees' preferred future work arrangement (PNG)
  • Chart 35-US employee' likelihood of leaving job over (PNG)
  • Table 13-Employment Distribution by Industry as Share of Total Non-Farm Payrolls (PNG)
  • Chart 36-2018 2020 Distribution of Industry IL vs US (PNG)
  • Chart 37-US Employment Distribution by Industry as Share of Non-Farm Payrolls (PNG)
  • Chart 38-IL Employment Distribution by Industry as Share of Non-Farm Payrolls (PNG)
  • Chart 39-Midwest outside of Illinois Employment Distribution by Industry as Share of Non-Farm Payrolls (PNG)
  • Table 14-Employment Distribution and Change: 2010-2020 (PNG)
  • Chart 40: Inflow and Outflow Chart (PNG)
  • Table 15-Inflow and Outflow Table (PNG)
  • Chart 41-Projected US Employment Growth by Educational Requirements (PNG)
  • Chart 42-Illinois Median Income by Educational Attainment: 2019 (PNG)
  • Chart 43-Percent of Illinois Population by Education Attainment 2000-2019 (PNG)
  • Chart 44-Target Population Characteristics (PNG)
  • Table 16-Target Population Characteristics (PNG)
  • Table 17-Occupations by Education Attainment Requirement (PNG)
  • Chart 45-GAP Ratio - Post-secondary Certificate (PNG)
  • Chart 46-GAP Ratio - Associate's Degree (PNG)
  • Chart 47-GAP Ratio - Bachelor's Degree (PNG)
  • Chart 48-GAP Ratio - Beyond Bachelor's Degree (PNG)
  • Chart 49-Average Supply Gap Ratios for Top Ten Occupations (PNG)
  • Table 18-US DOL RAPIDS (PNG)
  • Table 19-Performance Goals (PDF)
  • Table 20-PY2022 and PY2023 WIOA Expected Levels of Performance for Illinois (PDF)
  • Chart 50-Illinois Apprenticeship Training Enrollment History (PNG)
  • Figure 6-Illinois Department of Employment Security LMI Page (PNG)
  • Table 21-IWIB Membership Roster (PDF)
  • Table 22-WIOA Funded CDL Training (PNG)
  • Chart 51-Active CDLs (PNG)
  • Chart 52-Increase in Active Commercial Driver's Licenses (PNG)
  • Table 23-Work-based Learning Enrollment (PNG)
  • Table 24-IWT Activity and Project Cost (PNG)
  • Table 25-Incumbent Worker Apprenticeship Training – Active Projects (PNG)
  • Table 26-AEFLA Competition Timeline (JPG)
  • Table 27-Veteran's Performance Goals Baseline (PNG)