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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2012 Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership Workshop March 7-8, 2012 Sheraton Crystal City Hotel, Arlington, VA The LED Partnership is a collaborative partnership between state data agencies and the Census Bureau to leverage existing data in the development of new sources of economic and demographic information for policy makers and data users. The workshop provides professional development and networking for Labor Market Information directors, data analysts and data providers at state and federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and other data users of the Local Employment Dynamics data set. The theme for this year’s workshop is Local Data for Local Decisions. We will be highlighting the work of our state LMI partners and other state and local data users through plenary and breakout sessions. Please see preliminary agenda at http://2012ledworkshop.eventbrite.com/ If you have any questions about the workshop, please call Melodee Mabbitt at (734) 769-2900, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Census Bureau convenes an annual workshop with state partners, federal agencies, and public and private organizations with shared interest in the first quarter of every calendar year. The purpose of the annual workshop is to review progress, showcase use of data and analyses, solicit input and ideas, explore new concepts and uses, and discuss research and development directions for the coming years
The U.S. Labor Department’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has issued the list of 2015 labor surplus areas (LSA). Some Federal, state and local programs use LSA designations to determine eligibility, so your state or locality may be able to benefit from understanding whether areas qualify as an LSA.
OECD’s latest newsletter summarizes data from its recent entrepreneurship series, designed to comparably measure across countries the birth, death, survival and growth of enterprises, as well as their contribution to employment creation. One of the project’s interesting findings is that the survival rates of enterprises after one year from the enterprise creation are very similar both across countries, and between the manufacturing and services sector —from 85 to 90 percent despite the differences in regulatory frameworks and market conditions. Compared to other industrialized nations, U.S. creation of new businesses has been much less volatile since the beginning of 2007.
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) describes — and presents selected data from — its forthcoming new series on quarterly state gross domestic product (GDP) estimates. BEA plans to include data for 21 broadly-defined industries, and to release the data within 5 months following the end of each quarter.
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) recently issued its advance 2012 gross domestic product (GDP) data for all 381 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA’s) — of which 305 experienced inflation-adjusted growth since 2011.
ETA) has issued the list of 2014 labor surplus areas (LSA’s). Some Federal, state and local programs use LSA designations to determine eligibility, so your state or locality may be able to greatly benefit from understanding whether you qualify as an LSA.
2012 Metro Gross Domestic Product
The U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) will on September 17, 2013 issue 2012 preliminary (advance) gross domestic product (GDP) data for metropolitan areas, and revised data for 2001-11.
When released, the data will be available at the BEA Regional Economic Accounts homepage (where the 2011 news release and customized data tools can also be found).
For a plain-English explanation of GDP, see our “Economic Data 101 for Employment and Training Programs” podcast.
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 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
Several private sector entities have developed software that collects online job postings by "scraping" or "spidering" the listings from the Internet and organizing them into standardized data categories. These private sector entities have also built tools that permit analysis by those looking for current and detailed information on hiring trends and employer demand (including certifications and skill prerequisites). Diverse users including state and local governments, workforce boards, educational institutions, economic development entities, and research organizations license the RT LMI tools to better understand state, regional, and local labor market conditions. Many view RT LMI as an important new data source, but are unfamiliar with how best to use it and place it within the context of traditional survey-based LMI. In late 2013, ETA began a technical assistance project to increase knowledge of the RT LMI landscape and support selected states in building their capacity to utilize the new data sources. ETA began a technical assistance project to increase knowledge of the RT LMI landscape and support selected states in building their capacity to utilize the new data sources. ETA awarded a technical assistance contract to Maher & Maher, which is collaborating with Jobs for the Future (JFF) and the New York City Labor Market Information Service (NYCLMIS). As part of the technical assistance project, this Environmental Scan of Vendors and Workforce Development Users seeks to inform people in the workforce development system in particular about the most common uses, successes, and challenges of RT LMI. It provides an overview of major RT LMI vendors and their products and services. It also profiles how three states and three regional workforce development knowledge centers are using RT LMI to identify and address labor market issues.
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.
The Analyst Resource Center (ARC, Inc.) is a joint effort between the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration and the states to enhance information delivery to workforce customers in the employment, education and economic development sectors.
"BEARFACTS" - consists of computer -generated narratives for states, counties, metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), and BEA Economic Areas. The narratives describe an area's personal income using current estimates, growth rates, and a breakdown of the sources of personal income. BEA also publishes Gross Domestic Product information for states and metropolitan areas.
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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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
In late 2013, ETA began a technical assistance project to increase knowledge of the Real-Time LMI landscape and support selected states in building their capacity to utilize the new data sources. As part of the technical assistance project, Environmental Scan seeks to inform people in the workforce development system in particular about the most common uses, successes, and challenges of RT LMI. It provides an overview of major RT LMI vendors and their products and services. It also profiles how three states and three regional workforce development knowledge centers are using RT LMI to identify and address labor market issues. Click on the link under Resources.
A pair of Brookings Institution studies of “job sprawl” — a counterpart to the better-known phenomenon of urban sprawl — found that the decentralization of jobs grew steadily in the largest 98 metro areas during the pre-recession period, but then stabilized between 2007 and 2010. Only slightly more than a fifth of employees in the biggest metro areas work within 3 miles of downtown, while more than two-fifths work more than 10 miles from the city center.
BEA today issued advance 2012 GDP for the states. Inflation-adjusted GDP grew by 2.5 percent in 2012, compared to a 1.6 percent increase in 2011. Only Connecticut experienced an inflation-adjusted negative GDP trend (-.1 percent), while North Dakota had the highest growth (13.4 percent) and was the only state whose gain was in double digits.
BEA has released experimental inflation-adjusted personal income estimates for states and metropolitan areas through 2011. This new series provides the most complete adjustment yet available of purchasing power simultaneously across geographies and across time.
Robert Pitts of the U.S. Census Bureau will demonstrate the latest version of the Bureau’s OnTheMap for Emergency Management. Although designed for emergency response, this should provide an excellent introduction to the Bureau’s Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics OnTheMap tool, an extremely valuable data set that combines Census Bureau, BLS, wage record, and other administrative data. To register go to the following link https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/541101034. For registration questions, please contact Lauren Gilchrist at email@example.com. For content-related questions, please contact Earlene Dowell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.