Building Washington's


Who We Are

Washington Workforce Association is a nonprofit non-partisan membership organization consisting of the 12 Local Workforce Development Boards of Washington State. 

We provide information, training, tools, and recommendations to policymakers, workforce development professionals, Local Workforce Development Council members, and the community at large to help make informed decisions about how to invest in workforce strategies.

We represent and align all Local Workforce Development Boards and WorkSource systems across the state and partner with statewide, regional and national agencies and community based organizations (CBOs), advocating for a coordinated, funded system focused on the needs of job seekers and businesses in our local communities.

who we serve

Local Workforce Development Boards serve designated geographical areas and communities in rural, metro, and suburban areas, with dual customers who are:

Job Seekers

  • Youth
  • Adults
  • Dislocated Workers
  • Vulnerable Populations
  • Under Employed
  • Those of Varying Skill Levels
  • Those with Barriers to Employment

industry sectors

  • Businesses and Employers
  • Training for Existing Workforce
  • In-Demand Occupations
  • Retention

News and Insights

WSW CEO Stepping Down to Support Family Move

Kevin Perkey, Chief Executive Officer of Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW), ...

Cheryl Fambles Honored with the 2020 Righteous Leader Award

By Molly Gilmore Cheryl Fambles, Chief Executive Officer of the ...

Joy Emory Honored with the 2021
Catalyst Award

By Alec Clayton Joy Emory was recently honored with the ...

Special Announcement

The South Central Workforce Council (SCWDC) is pleased to announce ...

Washington wins federal grant to support economic recovery from COVID-19

OLYMPIA - Unemployed workers throughout Washington will get jobs to ...

WorkSource Offices – Virtual Services

WorkSource offices temporarily converting to all-virtual service to address the ...

A change in several leadership roles is coming to the WWA

A change in several leadership roles is coming to the ...

Request For Proposals and Information

Workforce Southwest - WIOA YOUTH SERVICES

Response Submissions Due: April 30, 2021

WSW is seeking a Recruiting Partner to source talent from WSW's CRMS, LinkedIn Recruiter, or other outside sources, and provide qualified candidates to WSW's Business Services Team or directly to employers. This project will involve working directly with WSW's Business Services Team to understand the variety of job openings and employer partners.

Click here to view Recruiting Partner Request for Proposals! (RFP PDF from