The Arkansas Division of Workforce Services is a division of the Arkansas Department of Commerce and consists of four major sections, including Workforce Services, Adult Education, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, and Services for the Blind. Each section is responsible for the administration of multiple state and federal grants, along with the programs they fund, and the services they provide to Arkansans.
It is our goal to enable the Arkansas workforce to compete in the global economy by linking a comprehensive array of services for employers and job seekers.
The four major agency sections have staff in local offices across the state, often within the Arkansas Workforce Centers. To view locations, click on one of the links below.
While program staff work in various office locations, most administrative staff work in one of two central office locations in Little Rock. The Workforce Services administrative office is located at #2 Capitol Mall, while Adult Education, Rehabilitation Services, and Services for the Blind administrative staff work in the Arkansas Department of Commerce building at 1 Commerce Way.
DWS is unique from other state agencies because it is mostly federally-funded. DWS does not earn a profit, and the agency’s success is measured by its ability to meet the needs of Arkansas’ employers and job seekers. The Arkansas Legislature appropriates the agency’s funds and has the authority to pass legislation affecting agency programs and services on a state level. As a result, DWS adheres to both state and federal laws and regulations. The size of the agency’s budget and staffing levels are adapted to best meet the needs of the state and its customers while balancing the requirements of stakeholders.
Contact: Jenny Patoka, office manager
P.O. Box 1945
Mountain Home, AR 72654