NCSL Report Focuses on Challenges to Employment in Licensed Occupations


NCSL press release Washington, D.C.—Occupational licensing regulations can create unique barriers and challenges for certain populations who are entering the labor market or moving across state lines. State policymakers have been working on a variety of different policy solutions to ensure a level playing field for these populations.

A new report, “Breaking Down Barriers-Improving Employment in Licensed Occupations,” provides an in-depth review of the unique challenges certain populations face in attempting to secure an occupational license.

The report is a result of a joint partnership between The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), and the Council of State Governments (CSG).

The series includes four reports which review four populations. Those examined are:

  • Veterans and military spouses.
  • Individuals with a criminal record.
  • Long-term unemployed persons.
  • Immigrants with work authorization.

Each report also features a variety of potential policy options policymakers can consider in helping to improve access to licensed occupations for each of the four populations.

The series will be available at NCSL’s 2018 Legislative Summit in Los Angeles and online at


NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.