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ISSUE DATE: 10/2016

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is a national workforce preparation and employment system designed to integrate, coordinate, and improve employment, training, literacy, and vocational rehabilitation programs delivered through the Minnesota One Stop Operating System (MNOSOS). WIOA funds employment and training services for eligible adults, dislocated workers and youth.

Employment service providers working with cash and food participants must inform the participant’s financial worker which WIOA program the participant is in so payments are correctly counted or excluded. Hours participating in WIOA programs count in the federal Work Participation Rate (WPR) even if the income is excluded.

Programs authorized under WIOA include:

Job Corps.

Summer Youth Employment Program (WIOA Youth).

Minnesota Migrant Council.


Count all WIOA payments that exceed the state’s minimum wage as earned income EXCEPT for the following:

Reimbursements for employment training.

Reimbursements for work related expenses, such as child care and/or transportation.

Payments received by:

- A minor child under age 6.

- A minor child age 6 or older who is enrolled full-time in an approved school.

- A caregiver under 20 who is enrolled at least half-time in an approved school.

Also see 0017.15.15 (Income of Minor Child/Caregiver Under 20).


Follow MFIP. After the initial DWP determination, do not count any unanticipated income the unit may receive.


Exclude ALL WIOA income from allowances, earnings, or payments (including reimbursements).

Count earnings from On-the-Job Training (OJT) programs as earned income unless earned by people age 19 and under who are under the parental control of another adult household member regardless of whether attending and/or enrolled in school.


Count all payments from WIOA programs that exceed the state’s minimum wage as earned income.

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