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.
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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 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.
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.
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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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Colorado LMI 101 Online e-Learning Training Series In 2006, LMI 101 was developed as a PowerPoint presentation for workforce center professionals, educators, business organizations and other partner agencies. This training was delivered face-to-face in training facilities and conference rooms across the state. By 2009, this training was redesigned for delivery as an e-learning series. The Abode Connect Presenter platform was already available in Colorado so that platform was used for the e-learning series. Colorado LMI 101 Online is divided into two Parts. Part I consists of six modules, each of which is ten minutes or less in duration. Part I is a prerequisite for Part II. The six Part I modules are: ? Module 1: Getting Started ? Module 2: Customers and Data Classifications ? Module 3: Industry Information and Unemployment Data ? Module 4: Occupational Statistics and Projections ? Module 5: Local Employment Dynamics ? Module 6: LMI Products Part II of LMI 101 Online consists of an activity that functions more like a game. It requires learners to answer a variety of questions similar to those asked by customers in One-Stop Centers. Upon completion of Parts I & II, the learner will be able to access a variety of data to address basic customer and agency needs for labor market information and have a functional understanding of our web site. We anticipate that this training will create an improved awareness of LMI data and its uses. Initial feedback from learners has been very positive. In addition, new courses will be developed as specific needs for training are identified. Dee Funkhouser Questions and comments on this e-learning experience are welcome. Please contact Dee.Funkhouser@state.co.us.
Skills Gap Research and Resources 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. Labor shortages differ from skill shortages, and skill deficiencies, shortages and mismatches are different things. ETA staff established this repository of research studies and other resources on skill deficiencies, shortages and mismatches at the request of state members of the Workforce Information Council. So far we have included about three dozen studies for review and to inform the ongoing discussion. 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 missed some useful work, especially at the state level, so PLEASE suggest additional research results, tools, and resources by sending documents or hyperlinks to the LMI Win-Win Network at email@example.com
This forum covers projections, primarily labor force projections, but also population projections. Ideas, questions or requests for information may be posed to other members of this Community of Practice, one or more of whom may be able to help you or respond with their own ideas.
This document is a list of skills gap research reports and other resources in chronological order. Each entry is a hyperlink to the report, Web page or other resource. 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
National, State and Local Employment Projections: Peering Into the Crystal Ball (transcript) 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 a simply written 3 page guide, and presumes no previous subject matter or statistical knowledge. There’s also an 13-minute podcast that accompanies it, at employment projections podcast. 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 SEE IT, DOUBLE-CLICK "DOWNLOAD NOW" ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THIS SCREEN.
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.
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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.
In 2006, LMI 101 was developed as a PowerPoint presentation for workforce center professionals, educators, business organizations and other partner agencies. Over the following year, this training was delivered face-to-face in training facilities and conference rooms across the state. It was awarded NASWA’s 2007 LMI Communication Publication Award for excellence in the Product/Service category. By 2009, TAT funds became available to take this training product to an e-learning delivery system. The Abode Connect Presenter platform was already available in Colorado so it was used for the delivery of training content. The LMI 101 has two Parts. Part I consists of six modules, each of which are delivered in ten minutes or less. The purpose of these Modules is to deliver information and that will be used in Part II. The six Modules are: - Module 1: Getting Started; - Module 2: Customers and Data Classifications; - Module 3: Industry Information and Unemployment Data; - Module 4: Occupational Statistics and Projections; - Module 5: Local Employment Dynamics; and - Module 6: LMI Products. Part II of LMI 101 Online consists of an activity that uses the information provided in Part I and requires learners to answer a variety of questions similar to those asked by customers in their current workplaces. Upon completion of Parts I & II, the learner will be able to access a variety of data to address basic customer and agency needs for labor market information and have a functional understanding of our web site. We anticipate that this training will create an improved awareness of LMI data and its uses. Questions and comments on this e-learning experience are welcome. Please contact Dee Funkhouser at Dee.Funkhouser@state.co.us.
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.
Projections on employment data by the BLS cover the future size and composition of the labor force, aggregate economic growth, detailed estimates of industry production, and industry and occupational employment. The resulting data serve a variety of users who need information about expected patterns of economic growth and the effects these patterns are expected to have on employment. Data users include individuals seeking career guidance and organizations and individuals that offer career guidance resources. In addition, policymakers, community planners, and educational authorities, who need information for long-term policy planning purposes, make use of BLS employment projections. BLS projections also are used by States in preparing State and local area projections. This document is 8 pages in length.
Employment and Training Administration announces the GUIDE TO STATE AND LOCAL WORKFORCE DATA: FOR ANALYSIS AND INFORMED DECISION MAKING
The Guide to State and Local Workforce Data provides links to a wealth of state and local employment and economic data — virtually all free — from government and private sector sources. It combines several features that make it uniquely valuable.
The Guide can be easily customized by the user, and is designed for the broadest possible audience, including
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Published on September 27, 2010 by Jeff Strohl. Prepared for Putting America to Work: The Essential Role of Federal Labor Market Statistics Brookings Institution Washington, DC. 15 page pdf document.
1 17 page pdf document by David Morman, American Association of Community Colleges that highlights the labor statistics via virtual healthcare careers exchange.
This report identifies the number and type of green jobs that exist within the state of Pennsylvania. It also forecasts changes in green jobs employment based on employers’ two-year projections. Data from the survey will also help clarify the needs and challenges for the green workforce, both statewide and regionally.
The Labor Department’s Employment and Training Administration on March 16, 2012 conducted a Webinar to present the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) employment projections from 2010 to 2020. The link provided includes 1) the BLS PowerPoint presentation; 2) a recording of the entire Webinar; and 3) a transcript of the Webinar. https://www.workforce3one.org/command/view.aspx?look=5001205337644798216&mode=info&pparams= There were too many audience questions to answer during the time allotted, and BLS generously volunteered to answer the remaining questions in writing — we will post these answers later, on the same link. Presenters included Dixie Sommers and of James Franklin of BLS, as well as Colorado LMI Director Alexandra Hall, who described state employment projections.
This Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL Number 27-11), “Program Year (PY) 2012 Workforce Information Grants to States (WIGS): Policy and Program Guidance, Application Instructions, and Formula Allocations,” provides policy and program guidance for the development, management, and delivery of Labor Market Information and Workforce Information (LMI-WI) core and special information services. It explains to grantees the rules applicable to the grants, and to prospective users what deliverables and information can be expected from these grants. This TEGL is issued once a year. The full text is available at http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=6785
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has published several key resources to enable states to meet the ETA’s economic and workforce information analysis requirements for integrated and unified state planning. These include an introductory Webcast plus two essential technical assistance documents. Webinar topics covered include what constitutes a good analysis, models for good analyses, where to obtain the necessary labor market and workforce information, and who to go to for help. We provide the PowerPoint presentation as well as the recorded Webcast of about 15 minutes duration. The Webcast refers to several key resources, two of which are included here. One is a two-page summary reference that supplies links to the most relevant resources prepared by ETA staff. The second is much more detailed, and supplies resources that align with each criteria of the DOL integrated plan’s economic and workforce information analysis requirements. All these resources are available at https://www.workforce3one.org/view/3001209733092501910/info