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Alabama
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 131,858
 
Certified Counties3/67
Participating Counties18/67
Jobs Profiled231
Platinum440
Gold23,275
Silver72,156
Bronze35,987
Alaska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 45,811
 
Certified Counties0/31
Participating Counties0/31
Jobs Profiled44
Platinum162
Gold8,596
Silver25,579
Bronze11,474
Arizona
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 7,300
 
Certified Counties0/15
Participating Counties0/15
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum26
Gold1,482
Silver4,394
Bronze1,398
Arkansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 69,995
 
Certified Counties1/75
Participating Counties19/75
Jobs Profiled117
Platinum335
Gold15,919
Silver41,794
Bronze11,947
California
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 11,738
 
Certified Counties0/58
Participating Counties1/58
Jobs Profiled66
Platinum79
Gold2,124
Silver6,648
Bronze2,887
Colorado
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 6,247
 
Certified Counties1/64
Participating Counties1/64
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum10
Gold808
Silver4,053
Bronze1,376
Connecticut
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,582
 
Certified Counties0/8
Participating Counties0/8
Jobs Profiled9
Platinum2
Gold345
Silver1,528
Bronze707
Delaware
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 411
 
Certified Counties0/3
Participating Counties0/3
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum2
Gold109
Silver245
Bronze55
Florida
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 114,383
 
Certified Counties0/67
Participating Counties0/67
Jobs Profiled497
Platinum219
Gold21,155
Silver64,430
Bronze28,579
Georgia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 337,572
 
Certified Counties0/159
Participating Counties0/159
Jobs Profiled960
Platinum1,999
Gold62,179
Silver186,009
Bronze87,385
Hawaii
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 430
 
Certified Counties0/5
Participating Counties0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum0
Gold38
Silver212
Bronze180
Idaho
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 136
 
Certified Counties0/44
Participating Counties0/44
Jobs Profiled14
Platinum1
Gold36
Silver72
Bronze27
Illinois
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 152,922
 
Certified Counties0/102
Participating Counties3/102
Jobs Profiled76
Platinum1,760
Gold36,908
Silver79,337
Bronze34,917
Indiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 127,164
 
Certified Counties5/92
Participating Counties6/92
Jobs Profiled907
Platinum576
Gold26,990
Silver75,725
Bronze23,873
Iowa
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 101,944
 
Certified Counties0/99
Participating Counties0/99
Jobs Profiled85
Platinum505
Gold22,883
Silver57,947
Bronze20,609
Kansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 26,703
 
Certified Counties3/105
Participating Counties5/105
Jobs Profiled109
Platinum157
Gold6,806
Silver15,314
Bronze4,426
Kentucky
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 149,161
 
Certified Counties0/120
Participating Counties0/120
Jobs Profiled138
Platinum487
Gold25,440
Silver96,663
Bronze26,571
Louisiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 86,096
 
Certified Counties10/64
Participating Counties13/64
Jobs Profiled41
Platinum218
Gold10,456
Silver50,406
Bronze25,016
Maine
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 124
 
Certified Counties0/16
Participating Counties0/16
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum1
Gold40
Silver71
Bronze12
Maryland
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 606
 
Certified Counties0/24
Participating Counties0/24
Jobs Profiled1
Platinum4
Gold123
Silver358
Bronze121
Massachusetts
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 791
 
Certified Counties0/14
Participating Counties0/14
Jobs Profiled8
Platinum1
Gold125
Silver449
Bronze216
Michigan
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 620,071
 
Certified Counties2/83
Participating Counties13/83
Jobs Profiled109
Platinum3,636
Gold147,249
Silver326,654
Bronze142,532
Minnesota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 25,005
 
Certified Counties0/87
Participating Counties1/87
Jobs Profiled15
Platinum181
Gold6,912
Silver13,715
Bronze4,197
Mississippi
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 75,976
 
Certified Counties5/82
Participating Counties24/82
Jobs Profiled18
Platinum147
Gold10,295
Silver44,865
Bronze20,669
Missouri
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 92,781
 
Certified Counties49/115
Participating Counties87/115
Jobs Profiled351
Platinum324
Gold19,686
Silver54,185
Bronze18,586
Montana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,757
 
Certified Counties0/56
Participating Counties0/56
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum11
Gold382
Silver1,008
Bronze356
Nebraska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,872
 
Certified Counties0/93
Participating Counties1/93
Jobs Profiled46
Platinum11
Gold432
Silver985
Bronze444
Nevada
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 6,868
 
Certified Counties0/17
Participating Counties0/17
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum75
Gold1,730
Silver3,744
Bronze1,319
New Hampshire
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 6,139
 
Certified Counties0/10
Participating Counties0/10
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum22
Gold1,225
Silver3,617
Bronze1,275
New Jersey
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 758
 
Certified Counties0/21
Participating Counties0/21
Jobs Profiled4
Platinum0
Gold96
Silver377
Bronze285
New Mexico
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 31,456
 
Certified Counties2/33
Participating Counties2/33
Jobs Profiled64
Platinum82
Gold5,299
Silver17,584
Bronze8,491
New York
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,881
 
Certified Counties0/62
Participating Counties0/62
Jobs Profiled25
Platinum8
Gold333
Silver1,116
Bronze424
North Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 386,646
 
Certified Counties31/100
Participating Counties51/100
Jobs Profiled933
Platinum1,050
Gold71,661
Silver226,895
Bronze87,040
North Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 756
 
Certified Counties0/53
Participating Counties0/53
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum0
Gold137
Silver401
Bronze218
Ohio
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 151,932
 
Certified Counties1/88
Participating Counties3/88
Jobs Profiled315
Platinum498
Gold32,526
Silver94,221
Bronze24,687
Oklahoma
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 131,790
 
Certified Counties1/77
Participating Counties1/77
Jobs Profiled219
Platinum475
Gold25,128
Silver78,029
Bronze28,158
Oregon
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 63,664
 
Certified Counties13/36
Participating Counties36/36
Jobs Profiled83
Platinum620
Gold18,940
Silver34,638
Bronze9,466
Pennsylvania
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 31,652
 
Certified Counties0/67
Participating Counties0/67
Jobs Profiled159
Platinum149
Gold7,981
Silver18,665
Bronze4,857
Rhode Island
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 1,038
 
Certified Counties0/5
Participating Counties0/5
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum1
Gold114
Silver564
Bronze359
South Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 419,659
 
Certified Counties46/46
Participating Counties46/46
Jobs Profiled1,371
Platinum976
Gold66,773
Silver230,450
Bronze121,460
South Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 19,815
 
Certified Counties0/66
Participating Counties0/66
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum109
Gold5,402
Silver11,589
Bronze2,715
Tennessee
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 117,023
 
Certified Counties11/95
Participating Counties21/95
Jobs Profiled209
Platinum82
Gold26,854
Silver66,527
Bronze23,560
Texas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 23,403
 
Certified Counties2/254
Participating Counties3/254
Jobs Profiled177
Platinum84
Gold4,919
Silver14,097
Bronze4,303
Utah
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 3,959
 
Certified Counties0/29
Participating Counties0/29
Jobs Profiled23
Platinum25
Gold1,194
Silver2,244
Bronze496
Vermont
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 2,798
 
Certified Counties0/14
Participating Counties0/14
Jobs Profiled36
Platinum13
Gold651
Silver1,587
Bronze547
Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 14,656
 
Certified Counties4/134
Participating Counties8/134
Jobs Profiled228
Platinum49
Gold2,323
Silver8,210
Bronze4,074
Washington
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 4,957
 
Certified Counties0/39
Participating Counties1/39
Jobs Profiled47
Platinum55
Gold1,556
Silver2,709
Bronze637
Washington DC
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 84
 
Certified Counties0/1
Participating Counties0/1
Jobs Profiled0
Platinum2
Gold7
Silver37
Bronze38
West Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 65,742
 
Certified Counties0/55
Participating Counties0/55
Jobs Profiled107
Platinum120
Gold11,415
Silver41,301
Bronze12,906
Wisconsin
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 181,481
 
Certified Counties0/72
Participating Counties0/72
Jobs Profiled30
Platinum1,150
Gold53,147
Silver98,411
Bronze28,773
Wyoming
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 9,007
 
Certified Counties0/23
Participating Counties2/23
Jobs Profiled7
Platinum7
Gold2,093
Silver5,244
Bronze1,663
ACT WorkKeys NCRC EARNED STATE RANKINGS
This map shows which states have the highest number of people per capita who have earned the ACT WorkKeys NCRC.
States with the greatest percentage of earners are in dark red.
 
ACT WorkKeys NCRC Earned State Rankings
  • Top
  • 1-10
  • 11-20
  • 21-30
  • 31-40
  • 41-50
Alabama
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 22
Alaska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 2
Arizona
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 33
Arkansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 10
California
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 43
Colorado
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 44
Connecticut
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 37
Delaware
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 42
Florida
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 23
Georgia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 5
Hawaii
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 40
Idaho
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 49
Illinois
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 18
Indiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 11
Iowa
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 9
Kansas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 32
Kentucky
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 8
Louisiana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 21
Maine
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 50
Maryland
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 47
Massachusetts
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 45
Michigan
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 3
Minnesota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 24
Mississippi
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 41
Missouri
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 20
Montana
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 28
Nebraska
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 39
Nevada
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 29
New Hampshire
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 26
New Jersey
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 48
New Mexico
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 16
New York
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 46
North Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 7
North Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 34
Ohio
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 19
Oklahoma
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 6
Oregon
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 15
Pennsylvania
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 27
Rhode Island
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 35
South Carolina
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 1
South Dakota
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 13
Tennessee
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 12
Texas
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 36
Utah
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 31
Vermont
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 25
Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 30
Washington
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 38
Washington DC
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 0
West Virginia
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 4
Wisconsin
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 17
Wyoming
ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total 0
National Ranking 14

What is an ACT® Work Ready Community?

ACT Work Ready Communities (WRC) empowers states, regions and counties with data, process and tools that drive economic growth. Participants are leveraging the ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC™) to measure and close the skills gap — and building common frameworks that link, align and match their workforce development efforts.

ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate Total

4,059,420

ACT WorkKeys NCRC Levels:
  • Platinum:19,040
  • Gold:836,690
  • Silver:2,281,317
  • Bronze:922,373
Total Certified Counties: 190
Employers Supporting: 18,081
Jobs Profiled: 21,390

Work Ready Communities Academy

ACT offers a performance-driven program WRC leadership teams use to initiate, deploy and drive carefully-tailored efforts that grow the number of counties certified as work ready communities.

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For States and Counties

Both states and counties may engage in the ACT Work Ready Communities program. Any municipality may be accepted into the Academy to build and launch their Work Ready Communities initiative.

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Employers

Employers can be the fuel to drive successful state and county Work Ready Communities initiatives simply by recognizing the ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate. And in doing so, they will have a more qualified workforce ready to fill their jobs. Learn more about why employers should engage.

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Economic Development

By achieving certified ACT's Work Ready Communities status, counties are demonstrating they have a robust workforce development effort aligned to their economic development needs resulting in:

Business and Industry

know exactly what foundational skills they need for a productive workforce - and to easily communicate their needs

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Individuals

understand what skills are required by employers - and how to prepare themselves for success

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Policy makers

consistently measure the skills gap in a timely manner at the national, state and local levels

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Educators

close the skills gap, via tools integrated into career pathways with stackable industry-recognized credentials

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Economic Developers

developers use an on-demand reporting tool to market the quality of their workforce

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This website reports the ACT® WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificates earned at the county and state level and the progress being made by those participating states and counties in the ACT Work Ready Community initiative. This site only represents data stored in the ACT RegiSTAR™ system, a web-based reporting and management tool for ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificates.


State and national ACT WorkKeys NCRC data runs from January 2006 through August 31, 2017 , while county-level data is starting from January 2012. State job profile data runs from January 2007 through August 31, 2017 , while national job profile data reaches back to 1993. Again, please note that county-level ACT WorkKeys NCRC data collection began in January 2012 for WorkKeys Internet Version, and in July 2012 for pencil and paper assessments. State and national certificate totals include historical data prior to 2012.


WorkKeys® assessments are used across the nation, and many states have built their own Career Readiness Certificates based upon WorkKeys assessment results. You will find an asterisk denoting those states. This website will continue to evolve as the first two rounds of participating states give us feedback on what they would like to see -- and based on your feedback, as well.


Please contact us if you have comments, questions or would like to receive more information.