Employment Service/Wagner-Peyser Funded Activities

The Employment Service (ES) program brings together individuals looking for employment and employers looking for job seekers.

It does this by providing a variety of services, which are available to all individuals.

The program provides Job seekers with career services, including labor
exchange services, job search assistance, workforce information, referrals to employment, and other assistance.

Employers can use the ES to post job orders and obtain qualified applicants.

Agency - Department of Labor

The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners and retirees by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities, protecting their retirement and health benefits and generally protecting worker rights and monitoring national economic measures.

Website Address


Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Workforce Services, Utah Dept Of $ 6,162,089   2021-07-012024-09-30
Education And Work Force Development Cabinet, Kentucky $ 481,407   2021-07-012024-09-30
Technology, Management & Budget, Department Of $ 816,629   2021-07-012024-09-30
Labor, Kentucky Department Of Cabinet $ 7,981,844   2021-07-012024-09-30
Mississippi Department Of Employment Security $ 5,750,114   2021-07-012024-09-30
Job Services North Dakota $ 5,328,226   2021-07-012024-09-30
Puerto Rico Department Of Labor And Human Resources $ 6,553,727   2021-07-012024-09-30
Technology, Management & Budget, Department Of $ 820,200   2020-07-012023-09-30
Workforce Services, Wyoming Department Of $ 3,888,887   2020-07-012023-09-30
Office Of Employment And Training $ 8,261,970   2020-07-012023-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Fiscal data available at: https://www.dol.gov/general/budget/index-2016. Fiscal Year 2017: Fiscal data available at: https://www.doleta.gov/budget/17bud.cfm Program data not yet available. When program results are available, they are posted at: https://www.doleta.gov/performance/results/wagner-peyser_act.cfm. Fiscal Year 2018: Fiscal data available at: https://www.doleta.gov/budget/18bud.cfm Program data not yet available. When program results are available, they are posted at: https://www.doleta.gov/performance/results/wagner-peyser_act.cfm.

Uses and Use Restrictions

FORMULA GRANTS: Wagner-Peyser Employment Services Grants: The Wagner-Peyser Act of 1933 established a nationwide system of public employment offices collectively known as the Employment Service (ES).

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), amended Wagner-Peyser, making the Employment Service part of the American Job Center (AJC) Network, also known as the One-Stop Career Center delivery system.

AJCs provide an integrated array of high-quality services which allow workers, job seekers, and businesses to access services under one roof, with many services also offered through self-service electronic access, both at the Centers and remotely on the Internet.

These services provide universal access to all including persons with barriers to employment. For Wagner-Peyser Employment Services Grants to States, funds must be used for career services, including labor exchange activities and the provision of labor market information.

Training is not an allowable activity.

Services available include assessments of career interests, career guidance when appropriate, job search workshops, and referral to jobs or training as appropriate.

Services offered to employers in addition to referral of job seekers to job openings, include matching job requirements with applicants' experience, skills and other attributes; helping with special recruitment needs; assisting employers with hard-to-fill job orders; assisting with job restructuring; and helping employers assist laid-off workers.

Under WIOA, the ES has increased its reemployment services to Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants.

Under Wagner-Peyser Act Section 7(b), 10 percent of the total sums allotted to each state workforce agency (SWA) are reserved for use by the Governor to provide performance incentives, services for individuals with special needs, and for the extra costs of exemplary models for enhancing state workforce staff with professional development and career advancement opportunities.

Labor Market Information Grants to States: These fund the provision of state and local workforce information to job seekers, employers, and educators, job trainers, economic developers and others.

Such information includes job opportunities, employment projections, workforce trends, career guidance, wage rates, and other data and information. The amended Wagner-Peyser Act under WIOA has enhanced collaboration among employment and training programs by States mandating co-location of ES offices with the one-stop offices.

WIOA aligns the service delivery, planning and performance data within the one-stop delivery system.

For Wagner-Peyser Employment Services Grants to states, the funds must be used for career services, including labor exchange activities, labor market, for workforce information purposes.

Training is not an allowable activity.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

For Wagner-Peyser Employment Service grants and Labor Market Information grants, eligible applicants include all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The system affords universal access to all job seekers. In addition, services are available to employers seeking to hire workers. Priority of service is given to veterans and other covered persons. These individuals receive priority referral to jobs, as well as specialized employment services and assistance.


No Credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. FORMULA GRANTS: Under WIOA, Wagner-Peyser is a 'core' program, in which the Governor submits a single Unified State Plan or Combined State Plan in accordance with the respective Planning Guidance, issued through the Federal Register. The Planning Guidance provides detailed instruction on what must be included in the State Plan. The Unified Planning Guidance provides a framework for collaboration across programs and integration of services, including WIOA Title I programs and Wagner-Peyser Activities, and WIOA Titles II and IV programs overseen by the Department of Education. The Combined Plan includes these programs as well as other non-DOL programs. The plan is submitted to the Federal Coordinator for Plan Review and Approval (currently Heather Fleck), Division of WIOA Adult Services and Workforce System, Office of Workforce Investment, Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room S-4209, Washington, DC 20210.

Award Procedures

Those portions of the State Plan over which the Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training exercises authority are reviewed and approved by the Employment and Training Administration. Formula funds are awarded to the states based on a statutory formula provided in the authorizing legislation or, as in the case of LMI grants, based on an administrative formula. The State Plans include services to persons with barriers to employment, including persons with disabilities.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. , Public Law 113-128.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. As provided in regulations.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title The Wagner-Peyser Act , Chapter Section 6 (b)(4), Public Law 29 U.S.C. 493. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Formula funds are provided at the beginning of a program year and are available for expenditure during that program year and the succeeding two program years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements


For formula grants, quarterly performance reporting is required in addition to quarterly financial, activities and outcomes reports.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

For formula grants, quarterly financial reports are required.

Monitoring is conducted by Regional Federal Project Officers based on quarterly reports.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Standard records for audits are required.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Formula Grants) FY 16 $710,000,000; FY 17 est $698,000,000; and FY 18 est $445,000,000. (Project Grants) FY 16 $23,000,000; FY 17 est $35,000,000; and FY 18 est $35,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Wagner-Peyser Formula Grants vary by year. Funding is published annually in the Federal Register.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

WIOA Final Rule, 20 CFR Part 652 - Establishment and Functioning of State Employment Service, Subpart B - Services for Veterans; Part 680 - Adult and Dislocated Worker Activities under Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; Subpart A - Delivery of Adult and Dislocated Worker Services through the One Stop Service Delivery System.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Robert Kight 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Room S-4203, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: kight.robert@dol.gov Phone: 202-693-3937

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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