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Work/Employment Status

With WIOA changes, a new Employment Status definition has been added beginning in the 16/17 Program year. 

The Employment Status options are now:

  • Employed
  • Employed, but Received Notice of Termination of Employment or Military Separation is pending
  • Not in Labor Force
  • Unemployed

Definitions listed below are from the WIOA PIRL Document.

Employed: if the participant, at program entry, (a) is currently performing any work at all as a paid employee, (b) is currently performing any work at all in his or her own business, profession, or farm, (c) is currently performing any work as an unpaid worker in an enterprise operated by a member of the family, or (d) is one who is not working, but currently has a job or business from which he or she is temporarily absent because of illness, bad weather, vacation, labor-management dispute, or personal reasons, whether or not paid by the employer for time-off, and whether or not seeking another job.

Employed, but Received Notice of Termination of Employment or Military Separation is pending: if the participant, at program entry, is a person who, although employed, either (a) has received a notice of termination of employment or the employer has issued a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) or other notice that the facility or enterprise will close, or (b) is a transitioning service member (i.e., within 12 months of separation or 24 months of retirement).

Not in Labor Force: if the participant, at program entry, is not in the labor force (i.e., those who are not employed and are not actively looking for work, including those who are incarcerated).

Unemployed: if the participant, at program entry, is not employed but is seeking employment, makes specific effort to find a job, and is available for work.

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