Across a Region
Covering a geographic range of 4,088 square miles, the Los Angeles Basin is home to nearly 10.1 million people — more than a fourth of California’s population. With an estimated 244,000 businesses fueling its vitality, the LA Basin represents the world’s 19th largest economy. This diverse region encompasses 88 incorporated cities and many more unincorporated communities — each with its own distinct identity, strengths, opportunities, and challenges. The LA Basin Workforce Network (LABWN)* is honored to play a role in supporting this thriving, eclectic, fast-paced, and forward-looking region.
The LABWN is an innovative partnership between seven community-centric Workforce Development Boards located across the LA Basin, with a long and successful history of working together to strengthen our region. This unique collaboration also encompasses California’s largest and most diverse network of workforce service providers and partners, including:
- America’s Job Centers of California (AJCCs), youth programs, and business centers
- Hundreds of community-based and non-profit organizations
- Labor organizations
- 113 accredited colleges and universities
- 21 community colleges and 80 school districts
- 130 Chambers of Commerce
- 2 Job Corps Centers
- Local government agencies
Together, we’re joining forces, sharing resources and best practices, and innovating new strategies aimed at connecting our communities’ job seekers and employers for a stronger region.
*The LA Basin Workforce Network is a WIOA regional planning unit.
Goals and Priorities: Working Solutions
to Our Region’s Labor Demands
The LABWN region-wide collaboration provides a framework for demand-driven services and career pathways that offer young people and job seekers greater opportunities for upward mobility and self-sufficiency. Balancing a local focus with our regional reach, we identify, develop, and support innovative programs and initiatives targeting key industry sectors vital to our region, while focusing on our communities’ most underserved and vulnerable residents. The LABWN’s priorities include:
- Developing demand-driven and industry-responsive training programs that reflect the needs of our region’s diverse and vital industries and employers.
- Ensuring our programs are inclusive and accessible for a broad range of community members, including the most vulnerable, who seek quality training and life-changing job opportunities.
- Aligning workforce services, education, and economic development in a common goal to strengthen essential workplace and job-specific vocational skills in key industry sectors for our region.
- Creating regional career pathways that connect job seekers to quality jobs in high-growth industries with good wage-earning potential.
- Continuing to build regional coalitions that lead to innovative approaches and improved services that build our region’s competitive workforce.
MEETING THE NEED
1 in 6
young people ages 18-24 in the LA Basin are out of school and work1
people in LA experience homelessness on any given night2
Veterans live in the LA Basin and experience higher unemployment rates3
of formerly incarcerated individuals can’t find a job after release4
unemployment rate for people with disabilities in LA County5
THE LA BASIN WORKFORCE NETWORK
WHO WE SERVE
WHO WE ARE
The LABWN is a regional collaboration of seven workforce development boards located across LA County.