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11.13 Barriers to Employment

Effective date: August 7, 2017 - November 6, 2019

The WIOA State Performance Report requires states to report on performance across the barriers to employment. The barriers to employment must be reported beginning in PY 2016 through ASSET. Reporting guidance is provided in the Technical Assistance Guide (TAG). The barriers to employment that will be reported are listed below: The definitions of each barrier to employment are in the Glossary.

Individuals with Barriers to Employment are participants fitting into one or more of the following populations:1

  1. Displaced homemakers;
  2. Low-income individuals;
  3. Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians, as such terms are defined in section 166;
  4. Individuals with disabilities, including youth who are individuals with disabilities;
  5. Older individuals;
  6. Ex-offenders;
  7. Homeless individuals (as defined in section 41403(6) of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (42 U.S.C. 14043e–2(6))), or homeless children and youths (as defined in section 725(2) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11434a (2)));
  8. Youth who are in or have aged out of the foster care system;
  9. Individuals who are English language learners, individuals who have low levels of literacy, and individuals facing substantial cultural barriers;
  10. Eligible migrant and seasonal farmworkers, as defined in section 167(i);
  11. Individuals within 2 years of exhausting lifetime eligibility under part A of title IV of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 601 et seq.);
  12. Single parents (including single pregnant women);
  13. Long-term unemployed individuals;
  14. Such other groups as the Governor involved determines to have barriers to employment;