WOTC Questions: Trying to find Percentage of Employees in Workforce Eligible for WOTC

At CMS, as Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) experts and service providers since 1997, we receive a lot of questions via our website’s chat box that we try to answer:

Trying to find Percentage of Employees in Workforce Eligible for WOTC.

CMS Says: Interesting question. We can answer it a couple of ways. Firstly, from the 2018 statistics, nationally 29% of all WOTC submissions received a certification, this varies by state, some as low as 6% or as high as 58% qualified. That does not include any that were still listed as pending though. Secondly, in our experience of doing WOTC screening for over two decades, our average is 10-15% of the workforce is qualified for WOTC, this varies by state, and category. Here are some helpful resources for more information:

  • Number of individuals on SNAP was 38,135,802 (August 2019 numbers). (USDA Reference)
  • There are 19.2 Million US Veterans (BLS Reference-PDF)
    • 326,000 are unemployed or 3% of the total
    • 4.7 million veterans, or 25 percent of the total, had a service-connected disability
  • 3,104,094 TANF Recipents (FAS Reference-PDF)

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