The U.S. Census Bureau routinely offers a wide variety of free online training sessions, on subjects including Using Census Data for Grant Applications; How to Navigate American FactFinder; Population Estimates and Projections; and Customized Searching Through DataFerrett.
HHS's National Center for Health Workforce Analysis is scheduled to release various types of projections in late 2013 and 2014, but has many useful materials available now. We've just added a link to a November 2013 conference on Redesigning The Health Care Workforce.
2022 BLS Employment Projections The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) will on December 19, 2013 issue its employment projections for 2022 (using 2012 as the base year). BLS issues these national-level projections — the agency’s most sought-after data other than unemployment rates — every two years. When released, these data will be available at the BLS Homepage. For the most recent national projections (to 2020) see the BLS Employment Projections Homepage. For state occupational projections (a project funded by the U.S. Employment and Training Administration), see Projections Central.
Researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco have attempted to identify which indicators best predict improvement in the unemployment rate. They highlight 6 of 30 potential measures that better forecast unemployment six months into the future than does the past unemployment rate itself.
If you want to find information on skills and educational attainment, ETA’s guide to the relevant sources will allow you to shed light on labor or skill shortages, skill mismatches, and skill deficiencies. We've just added several new sources to find high school test scores and coursework; postsecondary coursework; and limited English-language proficiency.
Skimming for Skills If you want to find information on skills and educational attainment, the U.S. Employment and Training Administration’s guide to the relevant sources will allow you to shed light on labor or skill shortages, skill mismatches, and skill deficiencies. Skimming for Skills provides links to surveys, reports and customized data tools. TO SEE IT, CLICK "DOWNLOAD NOW" ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THIS SCREEN. Each entry notes whether the survey or source supplies information on current or projected employment, job openings, occupational or industry data, and earnings. Skill-related topics include information on the education, training or skills required for jobs; educational attainment; educational field (e.g., college major) or coursework; and the skills individuals possess, including skill assessments. For sources that collect information on educational credentials, a detailed definition is provided. Each entry also lists availability at the national, state or local level, and the time period covered. Due to public interest in possible skill shortages and mismatches, the guide is organized to enable users to ascertain whether each source contains supply and demand information. More than three dozen sources are included, encompassing the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Labor and Education Departments, and real-time data private sector sources. For the user’s convenience, the numerous skill-related sources are classified by those pertaining to adults, postsecondary students, secondary students, and longitudinal surveys that span ages from student to adult. The guide concludes with a list of supplementary resources for understanding occupational, industry and instructional classification codes; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) classifications; and other sources on state and local workforce data and how to use it.
This Webinar will show you how to use workforce data to identify growing and in-demand jobs, determine which of them are “good” jobs, and ascertain what preparatory education and training are needed. Drawing upon the best governmental and private sector sources, we explain them, outline their strengths and limitations, provide guidance on oft-used terms, and help you to avoid common pitfalls. We also identify some of the best multi-purpose E-Tools that incorporate workforce data, job ads, and other job-related information in one place.
The Webinar on Bureau of Labor Statistics’ New Education and Training Data for Employment Projections was held on June 19, 2012. For those who couldn’t attend, you can now obtain the PowerPoint presentation, a recording and a transcript of the Webinar, plus relevant resource links from both BLS and the U.S. Employment and Training Administration, at https://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001215150084391966/info.
The existence and extent of skill deficiencies, shortages, and mismatches has been a topic of keen interest for decades. Since 2000, several new data sets — especially the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey — have shed light on this important topic. To help inform this ongoing discussion, ETA staff have created this repository of research studies and other resources on skill deficiencies, shortages and mismatches.
The U.S. Employment and Training Administration’s updated 3rd edition of its popular Guide to State and Local Workforce Data maintains all of the additions and improvements made in the second edition. TO SEE IT, CLICK "DOWNLOAD NOW" ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THIS SCREEN. In the 3rd edition, we updated the listings on credentials, equal employment opportunity data, unemployment insurance claims, displaced workers, Internet and computer use, and homelessness. Plus, the 3rd edition has * Indicators to identify the sources that have the most recent and most geographically-detailed sources, and/or sources that include demographic data (e.g., gender, race, etc.), using a key shown on the Contents page; and * A hyperlinked Table of Contents, allowing the user to immediately jump to a given section of the Guide. The Guide has several features that make it uniquely valuable. • Comprehensive coverage of the best workforce data sources from government and the private sector • Direct links to the data • Organization by topic • Summary statistics on the number of states and localities for which data are available • A general description for each entry, including when the data series began, and how often it’s published • Essential background information for each entry, including links to frequently asked questions and contact information
The existence and extent of skill deficiencies, shortages, and mismatches has been a topic of keen interest for decades. Since 2000, several new data sets — especially the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey — have shed light on this important topic. Although many have used the foregoing terms interchangeably, they reflect separate but inter-related topics. Skill deficiencies, shortages and mismatches are different things. Whatever topic analysts choose to examine, there has been considerable disagreement about whether a problem exists, and if so how serious it is. To help inform this ongoing discussion, ETA staff have created this repository of research studies and other resources on skill deficiencies, shortages and mismatches. So far we have included about three dozen studies. To access the full listings, click "DOWNLOAD NOW" on the right side of this screen. The most recent studies are shown first. Since analysts typically cover several different sub-topics, a conventional bibliography is unworkable. Instead, in the table we indicate the type of problem(s) each author analyzes; the supply and demand factors examined; whether the study examines the present or past trends vs. projections or forecasts; and whether the study examines the nation, states, and/or localities. This detail will make it easier for you to determine which study best meets your interests. This repository is a work in progress, and only includes complete information for the newest studies. Except for a few clearly-written conceptual pieces, we are restricting this repository to studies that analyze at least some data. We are certain that we’ve missed some useful work, especially at the state level, so PLEASE suggest additional research, tools, and resources by posting a comment in the field below or by sending documents to the LMI Win-Win Network at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The BLS 2010-2020 Occupational Projections were recently published. This Webinar will give insight into the methodology and background for this year’s National Long Term Projections. This forum will give stakeholders an opportunity to gain insight into the various subject matters concerning the BLS 2010-2020 Occupational Projections. Register Now https://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001205337644798216/info
CWIA Presentations Pennsylvania's Workforce: What are the Jobs of Tomorrow? This presentation provides educators and guidance counselors with a basic understanding of the occupational data available to identify emerging careers for students. Also included are some key occupational research tools, such as O*Net, job spidering and the soon-to-be-released career exploration tool. June 2011 Analyzing Pennsylvania's Employment Picture This presentation will use statewide and local area press releases to explain the different employment data that is available from the Center for Workforce Information & Analysis (CWIA). Career Opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics This presentation focuses on Career Opportunities in STEM occupations, specifically those in manufacturing. Emphasis is placed on specific occupations within manufacturing with a positive outlook. May 2011 Green Research: Then and Now This presentation reviews findings from the most recent green research. Also included is a demonstration of a new career exploration tool, which has a specific module on green jobs. May 2011 Industries and Occupations: The Keystones of Labor Market Information (LMI) This presentation will focus on labor market information (LMI) from the perspective of occupational and industry analysis and tools available. May 2011 The Use of Fast Facts and Real-Time Labor Market Information in Pennsylvania This presentation will highlight new tools and resources that showcase real-time data and job spidering technology. Help Wanted OnLine (HWOL), job spidering, Fast Facts and New Hire data will be discussed, along with ways in which the information can be accessed, disseminated and used in daily work. May 2011 Using Unemployment Compensation Information to Understand Your Local Economy
Projections Managing Partnership Summit Marriott Renaissance Arts Hotel New Orleans, LA February 23-24, 2011 The Summit provides a unique opportunity to gather projections analysts and senior leadership from around the country to discuss the lessons learned from the most recently completed projections round, review progress on the PMP LMI Improvement Grant, and develop a 3-5 year comprehensive strategic plan for the Projections Managing Partnership.
In Congressional testimony, BLS provided a good overview of the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, which provides the most detailed examination of occupational data of all Federal surveys, and is the most important source underlying employment projections.
Data & Job Ads in Multi-Purpose E-Tools Federal and state governments have created electronic tools (usually called E-Tools) that consolidate occupational data and/or online job ads. Job seekers and program staff who assist them can sometimes save considerable time by using multi-purpose E-Tools rather than the primary sources. The U.S. Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has compiled a guide called, “Workforce Data, Job Openings and Other Information Available from Selected Multi-Purpose E-Tools,” which outlines what information is available from each source. This resource describes which E-Tool includes current job openings, employment projections, wage info, employment and unemployment data, education and training prerequisites, and much more. TO SEE IT, CLICK "DOWNLOAD NOW" ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THIS SCREEN. This guide includes selected E-Tools from ETA, the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Census Bureau, and state governments.
New Hampshire’s Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau has issued an extensive analysis of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs, concluding that although the overall supply of STEM graduates from state schools is sufficient to meet the demand, shortages are possible for specific occupations. The 58-page study draws upon numerous sources.
Webinar: Understanding & Using Workforce Data in the National Farmworker Jobs Program ETA will conduct a Webinar Wednesday, April 24, 2013 on “Using Labor Market Information in Service Delivery for National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) Grantees” (register here). Although the Webinar is for one training program, almost all of the information presented will be applicable to all employment, education and training program staff. There will be two presentations, one explaining workforce data sources and tools, by Tony Dais and Frank Gallo of ETA’s E-Tools staff. The second presentation will be by Dan Ramirez of Proteus, Inc., the California NFJP grantee.
Here are some of the best sources for locating and understanding workforce data (also referred to as labor market information — LMI) produced by the U.S. Labor Department’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). These sources have been compiled for the upcoming ETA Webinar for National Farmworker Jobs Program staff, scheduled for Wednesday April 24, 2013 from 1:00-2:15 Eastern time.
National, State and Local Employment Projections: Peering Into the Crystal Ball This presentation will provide you with the basic knowledge to understand what Federal and State employment projections are, how to find them, and a few tips in using them. It’s part of a series of podcasts we offer to help individuals understand and use labor market data. It’s written simply, and presumes no previous subject matter or statistical knowledge. We provide a podcast roughly 14 minutes long plus a 3 page transcript. The podcast and transcript can be used either separately or together: the links can't be accessed from the podcasts, but the podcasts include visuals not available in the transcripts. We also briefly explain educational and population projections. * To view the podcast, click on the arrow in the lower left corner of the box below. To view it at full-screen size, click on the 4 small arrows in the lower right corner of the box. * To read the transcript, click on “Employment Projections” on the right side of this screen.