Labor Market Surveys

It is necessary to document the following labor market survey information:

  • The return-to-work program goal exists in the worker's labor market.
  • The worker meets the minimum qualifications for the return-to-work goal, or will meet the minimum qualifications at the conclusion of their retraining program.
  • The worker has transferable skills required for the job.

When evaluating reasonable commuting distance in the labor market, consider:

  • Limitations of the worker based on the injury and the pre-existing conditions.
  • Commuting style of the worker (e.g. cost, time and common mode of commuting within the worker's labor market).

Additional information

Labor Market Surveys in a Challenging Economy.

WAC 296-19A-010 (
(4) What is an injured worker's labor market?
(5) What is a labor market survey?

WAC 296-19A-140 (
What information must a provider include in a labor market survey?

Vocational WAC 296-19A Guideline (68 KB PDF)
See the Reasonable Commute as Part of a Labor Market Survey section.

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