To accomplish our mission of leading a regional workforce development system where every individual has access to high-quality employment and every business has access to a highly-skilled workforce, we gain insight and understanding of local workforce needs through research. Following are various plans and reports that have resulted.

Regional Reports

The Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative (CWWC) is a partnership that delivers a unified approach to serve the business community, support economic development, and guide public workforce investments in the Portland-Vancouver Metropolitan Area. Clackamas Workforce Partnership, Workforce Southwest Washington and Worksystems partner to form CWWC and serve Clark, Cowlitz, Wahkiakum, Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties across Washington and Oregon. We work with industry to identify skill and opportunity gaps to which the public workforce system can respond.

Interstate Bridge Replacement (IBR) Program Workforce Study


The Interstate 5 bridge provides a critical connection between Oregon and Washington that supports local jobs and families, and is a vital trade route for regional, national and international economies.

WSW and its partners were contracted to conduct a Regional Infrastructure Workforce Market Study. Click the links to the right to read the Executive Summary and Report.

Regional Labor Market Reports

Industry Workforce Plans

An estimated 34,400 16-to-24-year-olds in the Portland-Vancouver region are neither in school nor working. Referred to as Opportunity Youth, these young people represent an important workforce resource for the economy.

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