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The newest Community of Practice on Workforce3 One is the Innovation Forum.  A joint venture by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Service, the purpose is to get thought leaders, practitioners, researchers, partners, and stakeholders of the workforce system to share their experiences and discuss innovative approaches to transforming systems, changing service strategies and investing and leveraging funds in new ways that helps improve outcomes for our job seeker and employer customers.   Be one of the first to write a blog post about an innovation that you are proud of or comment on a colleague's post.  Join the discussion at:


Economic Development Administration Announces Registry to Connect Industry Clusters Across the County

The U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA), along with the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School, today announced the launch of the beta version of the U.S. Cluster Mapping Web site, a new tool that can assist innovators and small business in creating jobs and spurring regional economic growth.

The site, accessible at, provides cluster initiatives and other economic development organizations an opportunity to register in a national database. The registry allows initiatives to showcase their activities and events to a wider public, search for appropriate partners across the nation, and learn from best practice examples of their peers. The site also provides free access to a rich database on the profile and performance of clusters and regional economies.

FY12 Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SDLS) Request for Application Released


The National Center for Education Statistics, under the Institute of Education Sciences, invites State educational agencies to apply for grants to assist them in developing and implementing statewide, longitudinal data systems in the FY12 SLDS competition.


Applications may apply for funds to carry out projects to address one of the three following priorities:

  1. to design, develop, and implement a statewide, longitudinal kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) data system
  2. to develop and link early childhood data with the State's K-12 data system
  3. to develop and link postsecondary and/or workforce data with the State's K-12 data system

The Institute will award grants of no more than $5 million for Priority 1 and grants of no more than $4 million for Priorities 2 and 3.  Eligible State educational agencies may submit applications to address only one of the the three priorities.  Applications that address more than one priority will not considered responsive to this Request for Applications and will not be considered.


Only State educational agencies are eligible to apply.  The State educational agencies of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are included, however, for this competition only, applications will not be considered from the 20 State educational agencies that received SLDS ARRA grants in May 2010.


The submission deadline for the Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems Grant is December 15, 2011 at 4:30:00pm, Washington, DC time.

Click on the hyperlink for more information: 

Click on this link to view the request for applications:  

Individuals who are displaced from their job often face difficulties finding new employment. Since 1984, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration has sponsored surveys of displaced workers. These surveys have been conducted biennially in January as a supplement to the Current Population Survey, the nation’s monthly labor force survey. The supplemental survey collects information on the number and characteristics of people age 20 and over who lost or left jobs during the prior 3 years because their plant or company closed or moved, there was insufficient work, or their position or shift was abolished. Information also is gathered about the job they lost and whether they are employed, unemployed, or no longer in the labor force at the time of the survey. This visual essay examines the labor force status of workers displaced between January 2007 and December 2009 (also referred to as the 2007–2009 reference period), and looks at the differences by various characteristics including gender, age, education, industry, occupation, and earnings.

To access the visual essay go to: 

Summary of Key Findings

The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that in 2010, median household income declined, the poverty rate increased and the percentage without health insurance coverage was not statistically different from the previous year.

Real median household income in the United States in 2010 was $49,445, a 2.3 percent decline from the 2009 median. The nation's official poverty rate in 2010 was 15.1 percent, up from 14.3 percent in 2009 - the third consecutive annual increase in the poverty rate. There were 46.2 million people in poverty in 2010, up from 43.6 million in 2009 - the fourth consecutive annual increase and the largest number in the 52 years for which poverty estimates have been published.

The number of people without health insurance coverage rose from 49.0 million in 2009 to 49.9 million in 2010, while the percentage without coverage -16.3 percent - was not statistically different from the rate in 2009.

This information covers the first full calendar year after the December 2007-June 2009 recession. See section on the historical impact of recessions.

These findings are contained in the report Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010. The following results for the nation were compiled from information collected in the 2011 Current Population Survey (CPS) Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC):

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