DirectEmployers and National Association of State Workforce Agencies Announce 10 Year Extension of Unique Public-Private Partnership

Unprecedented public private partnership, supported by employers and state workforce agencies, that effectively connects job seekers to real job openings is renewed to achieve long-term goals and success

Representatives from DirectEmployers and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) sign an agreement extending their partnership till 2027. (Photo: Business Wire)

INDIANAPOLIS--()--DirectEmployers Association announced today a ten year extension to its ongoing partnership with the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) and their joint collaboration, the National Labor Exchange (NLx). The partnership extension, now continuing through June 2027, strengthens the NLx and underlines the value the initiative brings to government, job seekers, and employers alike.

Established in 2007, the NLx is a public-private partnership aiming to collect all available, real job openings appearing on the internet. Unlike other job aggregators, the NLx does not include duplicate job orders, because NLx information is only acquired from an employer’s corporate website or a state job bank. As a result, job seekers experience a faster connection to authentic job openings and have a better user-experience. Moreover, job seekers will not encounter “dead job links” because the NLx is refreshed daily. They can also be assured all participating employers are authentic because the NLx validates all employers.

Since its inception, the NLx has made available over 40 million unique job openings from over one million employers. The NLx outlets include state job banks, government portal and the network. Currently, the NLx has close to 1.7 million jobs on a daily basis, gathered from 16,000 corporate career sites and state job banks.

“The NLx provides the best information on job vacancies in real time to job seekers. And there are no duplicates, scams, or criminal solicitations. This has made the NLx a cost-effective labor exchange tool for our members in their mission to connect job seekers to jobs and employers to job seekers,” said Rich Hobbie, Executive Director, National Association of State Workforce Agencies.

The NLx partnership also allows DirectEmployers to assist its member companies in meeting the OFCCP’s Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) job listing requirements. This provides a seamless method for federal contractors of all sizes, to meet federal job listing and delivery standards while providing a cost effective solution to help reach a diverse workforce.

“Through our work together and collaboration to build awareness around the NLx, we’ve been able to fulfill our mission of creating a more cost effective labor market, while really giving employers and state workforce personnel the ability to connect and reach a large pool of job seekers, including veterans and people with disabilities,” commented Bill Warren, Executive Director, DirectEmployers Association.

Since forming the NLx alliance, DirectEmployers and NASWA have worked closely reaching the following milestones:

  • Signed NLx participation agreements with all 50 states, along with DC, Puerto Rico and Guam;
  • Engaged all publicly-funded state job banks to exchange job openings on a daily basis;
  • Provided job openings to US Department of Labor and the Veterans Administration sponsored sites including American Job Center; CareerOneStop; eBenefits Veterans Employment Center; My Next Move; My Next Move for Veterans; MySkillsMyFuture; and;
  • Provided no-cost job spidering services to over 16,000 employers;
  • Hosted five state job banks at no-cost: New York, Connecticut, Nevada, Guam and Puerto Rico;
  • Provided state workforce agencies job banks with search engine optimized, social media integrated and mobile-ready microsites increasing job seeker traffic;
  • Signed alliance with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program to support the Foundation’s online job search tool, Fast Track;

As the partnership and the NLx continue to grow, the benefits to companies, state workforce agencies and job seekers will also increase. However the mission, to provide a cost-effective system that aims to improve labor marketing efficiency will remain the same.

About DirectEmployers Association

DirectEmployers is an employer-driven association focusing on talent acquisition and inclusion that utilizes its technology and thought leadership to amplify job visibility and employment brand, facilitate partnerships to meet EEO/AA goals and provide proof of job delivery.

About the National Association of State Workforce Agencies

The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) is an organization of state administrators of unemployment insurance laws, employment services, training programs, employment statistics and labor market information and other programs and services provided through the publicly-funded state workforce system.


DirectEmployers Association
Nancy Holland, Vice President of Marketing, 317-874-9022

Release Summary

DirectEmployers Association and NASWA announce a 10 year extension of their partnership and their commitment to further grow the National Labor Exchange–a joint collaboration of the two Associations.


DirectEmployers Association
Nancy Holland, Vice President of Marketing, 317-874-9022