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State Level Employment Outcomes for Veterans and Disabled Veterans

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State Workforce Agencies nationwide operate American Job Centers that provide employment and workforce information services in local communities. The Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) provides funding to State Workforce Agencies through the Jobs for Veterans State Grants (JVSG) program. Through these grants, states fund two positions in American Job Centers: Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists and Local Veterans' Employment Representatives (LVER). DVOP specialists provide intensive services to veterans and eligible spouses, designed to facilitate participants' transition into meaningful civilian employment. LVER staff performs outreach to local businesses and employers to advocate for the hiring of veterans.

VETS tracks three participant outcome measures for the JVSG program.

  • Entered Employment Rate (EER) - the percent of participants who are employed in the first quarter after exiting the program.
  • Employment Retention Rate (ERR) - the percent of those entering employment who also are employed in the first and second quarters after entering employment.
  • Six Month Average Earnings (AE) - the average of six month wages paid to program participants who entered employment and who are still employed in the second and third quarters following the quarter in which they exited the program.

The table below is the state-by-state negotiated targets and outcomes for each of these measures for Program Year (PY) 2015 (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016).

Program Year (PY) 2015 JVSG Negotiated Performance Measure Targets1 and Outcomes, by State 2

State Level Employment Outcomes for Veterans and Disabled Veterans

Employment Outcomes of Veterans and Eligible Spouses Served by Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialists

State

EER Target

EER Weighted Outcome

ERR Target

ERR Outcome

Six-Month AE Target

Six-Month AE Outcome

Alabama

64%

49%

80%

81%

$15,000

$16,040

Alaska

65%

65%

77%

76%

$19,000

$20,245

Arizona

53%

77%

79%

83%

$16,662

$15,486

Arkansas

66%

74%

84%

83%

$14,200

$14,146

California

60%

70%

78%

79%

$18,500

$17,884

Colorado

53%

78%

71%

79%

$14,200

$18,812

Connecticut

51%

66%

78%

80%

$16,750

$16,935

Delaware

58%

84%

80%

81%

$14,700

$17,418

District of Columbia

61%

60%

79%

82%

$20,000

$22,865

Florida

55%

65%

80%

83%

$14,250

$15,364

Georgia

54%

64%

75%

78%

$14,900

$12,792

Hawaii

47%

52%

79%

75%

$16,000

$15,446

Idaho

64%

81%

75%

85%

$15,000

$14,824

Illinois

53%

59%

79%

83%

$16,650

$18,106

Indiana

65%

75%

79%

81%

$14,350

$14,925

Iowa

67%

74%

81%

84%

$14,250

$16,044

Kansas

78%

84%

86%

81%

$13,750

$14,164

Kentucky

56%

62%

81%

77%

$16,600

$14,678

Louisiana

66%

62%

81%

77%

$17,000

$15,771

Maine

60%

78%

78%

84%

$12,750

$16,800

Maryland

60%

68%

83%

81%

$19,400

$18,565

Massachusetts

60%

67%

79%

80%

$19,000

$18,638

Michigan

62%

67%

83%

83%

$14,750

$14,762

Minnesota

83%

84%

84%

86%

$15,500

$18,154

Mississippi

55%

78%

80%

84%

$12,750

$12,457

Missouri

50%

68%

77%

77%

$13,528

$12,837

Montana

65%

70%

84%

81%

$18,100

$18,064

Nebraska

73%

75%

81%

81%

$14,000

$14,919

Nevada

52%

72%

78%

80%

$14,500

$16,116

New Hampshire

66%

74%

83%

79%

$15,900

$13,162

New Jersey

50%

61%

77%

77%

$16,700

$16,450

New Mexico

51%

61%

75%

75%

$15,000

$15,667

New York

50%

65%

78%

81%

$15,900

$17,516

North Carolina

55%

68%

75%

82%

$13,500

$14,497

North Dakota

76%

85%

81%

84%

$18,000

$20,291

Ohio

74%

82%

81%

79%

$17,500

$17,710

Oklahoma

75%

74%

83%

83%

$14,650

$14,745

Oregon

54%

62%

80%

81%

$15,500

$15,601

Pennsylvania

59%

73%

79%

79%

$15,250

$15,353

Puerto Rico

28%

39%

60%

60%

$9,500

$11,246

Rhode Island

56%

74%

85%

83%

$15,126

$16,380

South Carolina

60%

74%

82%

83%

$14,500

$14,610

South Dakota

65%

71%

83%

79%

$13,750

$13,446

Tennessee

60%

72%

81%

85%

$14,606

$17,112

Texas

66%

75%

83%

83%

$17,800

$18,337

Utah

58%

72%

81%

81%

$17,500

$19,021

Vermont

72%

73%

83%

76%

$16,100

$13,701

Virgin Islands

35%

30%

70%

47%

$17,000

$13,640

Virginia

68%

71%

84%

86%

$17,000

$18,983

Washington

58%

62%

78%

79%

$16,700

$17,200

West Virginia

58%

70%

77%

78%

$13,600

$13,078

Wisconsin

66%

81%

84%

87%

$15,000

$16,024

Wyoming

69%

70%

83%

81%

$18,500

$15,999

1Source: Agreed-upon targets established through negotiations between VETS and State Workforce Agencies.
2 Source: Labor Exchange Reporting System (LERS), PY 2015 VETS 200A report, as of 6-30-2016.