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This U.S. Labor Department (DOL) Employment and Training Administration Webinar will tell you everything you need to know about finding, understanding and using employment-related disability statistics to apply for grant funding, as well as to plan, design, operate and assess the effectiveness of your programs. 


Click here to register for this Webinar, which is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 2 to 3:30 pm Eastern time.   


The two presenters are the leading U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and Census Bureau experts on disability statistics.  This Webinar will 1) explain the importance of BLS and Census Bureau disability workforce statistics for enhancing employment and training programs; 2) highlight the findings from the latest disability studies and explain any differences among them; 3) provide tips on how users can get the disability data from the four main sources; and 4) describe the new disability definitions. 


Since persons with disabilities are one of the principal targeted populations for employment programs, a wide audience can benefit from this Webinar.  We will also demonstrate how to use two of the Census Bureau’s most important customized data tools, which will be of great value to anyone seeking to use state and local data. 


BLS and Census have recently issued two important disability reports, and another important BLS study is due in 2013.  Experts from these two agencies will highlight the most important employment-related findings from these recent studies, and preview the kinds of insights expected from next year’s report.  In addition, a representative from DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) will also be on hand to answer questions about this forthcoming survey. 


This Webinar will also explain how to obtain workforce statistics on persons with disabilities from the four main Federal data sources, and provide a guided tour through the Census Bureau’s two customized tools (AmericanFactFinder and Table Creator) — from which states and localities can obtain a wealth of disability (and other employment) data. 


Since all but one of major Federal surveys have recently introduced a new definition of disability, replacing one that was widely recognized as inadequate, we will explain the new definition and clarify which years can be selected for historical analyses. 

Under Section 309 of the Workforce Information Act (WIA), Congress requires the states and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to work together to enhance the provision of labor market information that meets the needs identified through customer consultations. The Workforce Information Council (WIC) chartered the Customer Consultation Study Group (CCSG) to assist the WIC and state workforce information departments in developing and implementing methods for obtaining feedback from customers regarding the relevance, adequacy, and usability of available labor market information and the methods of delivering that information.


The “Labor Market Information Customers and Their Needs” report:

  •  Summarizes key challenges facing state labor market information agencies;
  • Identifies the workforce information customer groups that use state LMI data;
  • Provides an assessment of state LMI customer needs;
  • Summarizes LMI products, tools, and services states currently produce;
  • Describes information dissemination approaches;
  • Describes how states solicit customer feedback; and
  • Provides tips for implementation of state LMI agency self assessments, alignment of customer needs with products and services, and feedback strategies; and

all in less than 23 pages. 

To download the WIC Report click here.

We would be interested in your reaction and comments.

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


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

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!

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.