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New Quick-Lesson Workforce Data Podcast Series

Posted by LMI Win-Win Network - On June 17, 2013 (EST)

New Quick-Lesson Workforce Data Podcast Series

The U.S. Employment and Training Administration has just issued a new series of podcast instruction guides to help you identify and use labor market and workforce statistics.  The presentations are written simply, and presume no previous subject matter or statistical knowledge.  They should prove helpful for a broad variety of audiences and purposes, including grant applications; targeting growing industries and occupations; pinpointing labor market hardship; state and regional planning; and assessing program effectiveness.


Each is comprised of  a podcast roughly 10 minutes long plus a transcript of 2-3 pages.  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.


Some provide an overview of a topic (like unemployment data), while others explain in a step-by-step manner how to obtain a specific type of data or to use a specific data tool.  Each topical presentation includes basic definitions, a brief historical background, links to the most important sources (especially for state and local data), and practical tips on how to interpret and use the data and avoid common mistakes.  The tool- and data-specific presentations are designed to enable you to obtain useful data by the end of the lesson.


ETA intends to produce more of these presentations, but these exist now.  You can also access all of them from our Quick-Lesson Podcast folder.

New 2013 Podcasts

  1. Unemployment data
  2. Dislocated worker data
  3. Employment projections
  4. Industry data
  5. Geographic data
  6. Economic data

 2011 Podcasts

  1. The Data Dozen: Key Workforce Data and Information Sites
  2. Using E-Tools to Identify Growing Industries
  3. Using E-Tools to Identify Industry Concentration Ratios
  4. Using E-Tools to Identify Occupations  

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