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Robert Sienkiewicz, Assistant Center Chief for Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) reports:

The LEHD program has launched its new URL The LEHD program is part of the Center for Economic Studies, which is in the Research and Methodology Directorate.

“We wanted to make sure that the LEHD website is easily accessible to both our state partners and the general public,” said Robert Sienkiewicz, Assistant Center Chief for LEHD. “Our relationships are important and introducing our new URL is one way we stay connected,” he added.

The new Web address is also easily accessible from the U.S. Census Bureau homepage at Click on the Business tab at the top of the page and arrow over to Local Employment Dynamics under Popular Resources. Users will automatically be redirected to the new link until, September 3, 2012 (Labor Day). Therefore, we would like to encourage our users to bookmark

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

The “Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook Webinar” was held on May 23, 2012.  You can now obtain 1) the PowerPoint presentation, Webinar recording and transcript, plus 2) links to the Occupational Outlook Handbook itself and the news release announcing it, and 3) answers to the questions not provided during the session itself (including a number of valuable sources) at

The Workforce Data Quality Initiative

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will launch the Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) to fund development of state workforce longitudinal databases– a joint undertaking with U.S. Department of Education that will build on what Education has already put in place to encourage the development of state education and workforce longitudinal administrative databases.

Goals of the WDQI

The Department’s main goal is to help the state workforce agencies build and use workforce longitudinal administrative data bases that can:

    • Link workforce data at the individual level through data-sharing partnerships among state agencies.
    • Link workforce databases to state education longitudinal administrative data to gain a more complete picture of pre-K-20 education and state workforce systems and how they complement each other.
    • Improve the quality and breadth of the data in workforce data systems.
    • Provide an opportunity for data analysis to better assess and evaluate how workforce programs are performing.
    • Provide user-friendly information to consumers to help them select the training and education programs that best suit their needs.


Description of Workforce Data


Workforce data refers to the individual-level, administrative data collected by the entire workforce system including:

    • Unemployment Insurance (UI) wage records.  Data from these wage records include individual-level employment status, earnings and general demographic data. 
    • Data collected on individual UI benefits claims and payments
    • Data on participation in the Workforce Investment Act and Employment Service programs.
    • Data on Federal civilian and military employees from the Federal Employment Data Exchange System
    • A variety of data gathered through programs such as Registered Apprenticeship, Trade Adjustment Assistance, and Vocational Rehabilitation.


Collecting these and other data sources longitudinally gives a comprehensive picture of workers throughout their careers. Through simple analysis, these data can show us the relationship between education and training programs, as well as the additional contribution of the provision of other employment services.

By tracking available individual data on a continuum from pre-K-20 education to entry into and through the labor force and into the workforce system, we can gain critical new insights into both our workforce system and our education system. 

Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) P-20W Conference

The United States Department of Education’s Annual SLDS P-20W Best Practice Conference will take place October 29-31, 2012. We are excited to once again include early childhood, postsecondary partners, and workforce representatives, to join in the discussions. Grantees are required to attend.  For more information, contact Kate Louton at


On April 26, 2012 the U.S. Employment and Training Administration (ETA) hosted a Webinar highlighting  the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) results from its  first green jobs survey, on green goods and services, defined as goods and services produced by an establishment that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources.  This is the first U.S. national survey to attempt to ascertain information on green jobs (data issued to date from various sources have been estimates). The survey provided information on the detailed industries where green jobs occur, state-specific data, and information on green jobs in the private sector as well as all three levels of government.


See this link ( for the following information.


1.       The recording, transcript of the recording, and the PowerPoint presentation.

2.       Key green jobs links from BLS and ETA.

3.       An extract from ETA’s Guide to State and Local Workforce Data, showing the green jobs entry.


This Wiki seeks to identify the top 20 questions business customers ask the LMI and workforce and economic development systems.  Based on my many years of experience in the workforce development system, What I Know Is the following question identified on the WIki page are of greatest interest to businesses:   Go to:  and weigh in!

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