Workforce Information You Can Use!

The Workforce Information Council helps guide the development and improvement of the nationwide workforce and labor market information system. This system provides information on labor market trends and conditions, job outlook and wages, skill requirements of jobs, and a wide variety of other information that helps customers make decisions about their businesses, careers, training, and job search.

At this web site you can find information about the Council and its activities, about the workforce information system and about how to access workforce and labor market information for your local area, state, or the nation.

Information about the workforce, labor market, and careers in your local area, state, and the nation can be located by going to the workforce information portal.


Update from the Workforce Information Council (WIC) February 2014

Workforce Information Council to Meet on February 26-27 in Washington, DC
WIC Administrative Wage Record Enhancement Study Group First Deliverable Report
Vermont's LMI Intern Project
PMP Projections Suite Option for Skills Based Projections
National Association of Workforce Boards Forum
Workforce Data Quality Campaign & National Skills Coalition Workforce Information Portal

Workforce Information Council to Meet on February 26-27 in Washington, DC

The Workforce Information Council (WIC) federal and state members will meet in Washington, DC on February 26-27, 2013. WIC Co-Chairs Rebecca Rust/FL and Ken Robertson/BLS will lead the WIC agenda for the two day meeting.

The WIC has had a couple of changes in the membership since their last meeting in July at Denver (the November meeting was cancelled because of the federal government shutdown). Tom Nardone of the Bureau of Labor Statistics has retired at the end of January after a long career in federal public service. He has served as the federal WIC Co-Chair for the past couple of years. We welcome back one of the original WIC State members, Phil Baker of Nebraska, who has been re-elected by his region (7) to the WIC.

A variety of topics are planned for the agenda. The council will discuss actions by the various policy councils from the BLS State Cooperative programs. Other topics on the agenda for the late February meeting include: Updating the Workforce Information System Plan; WIC Study Group Reports from the Customer Consultation, High Tech Taxonomy, and, Administrative Wage Records Enhancement; and, reports from key system partners (BLS, ETA, NASWA, C2ER, and Census/LED). The guest speaker will be Rachel Zinn, Director of the Workforce Data Quality Campaign, for the National Skills Coalition.

WIC Administrative Wage Record Enhancement Study Group First Deliverable Report

The Workforce Information Council's (WIC) Administrative Wage Record Enhancement Study Group has released their first deliverable titled, "Phase One Interim Report on the Current Practices of Unemployment Insurance Wage Record Collection and Use."

The Administrative Wage Record Enhancement Study Group is chaired by Raj Jindal of Louisiana and has members from a diverse group of stakeholders -- DOL ETA & BLS, NASWA, and state representatives from AK, FL, ID, IL, KS, LA, MN, NE, OK, PA, & TX.

This report summarizes the initial phase of investigation by the WIC Study Group into the potential benefits of, and barriers to, enhancing labor market information by adding data elements to the wage records collected by states as part of the administration of the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program. In this initial phase, the work team has:

For more information on any of these projects, email wicedtoyou@yahoo.com.

Vermont's LMI Intern Project

On January 21, 2014, all LMI, workforce information, and research and statistics directors (& their key staff) were invited to participate in a one-hour discussion of Vermont's innovative LMI internship project to expand the use of LMI and WI to improve strategic and tactical planning/decision making at the local level.

ETA's Boston Regional Office LMI program leader, Amanda Poirier, introduced featured speaker Mathew J. Barewicz, the Vermont LMI Director. Mat and the LMI Internship project lead, Assistant LMI Director, Kevin Stapleton, provided an overview of the successful approach VT used to expand the capacity of the LMI shop to respond to the information needs of local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) and American Job Centers, while simultaneously increasing LMI shop bench strength and succession planning, and providing a valuable real-world work and learning experience for post-secondary level students.

The project's partners and key stakeholders included: Employment & Training Administration; Vermont Department of Labor (both the commissioner, Annie Noonan, and their HR Department; Workforce Development/America's Job Centers; and Colleges and University Career Centers. The project goal was to use a peer mentoring model to help young people find employment and develop career paths in Vermont. The Objectives were to expand LMI outreach efforts across the state, provide a meaningful and enriching work experience, and, support Vermont's local American Job Centers.

More details are available in the PowerPoint titled The Green Mountain Experience by clicking here LMI Internships a WIN WIN v3

PMP's Projection Suite Option for Skills Based Projections

The Projections Managing Partnership (PMP) operates an integrated nationwide program of state and local projections. The PMP works in partnership with the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and Employment & Training Administration (ETA) along with the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) and the State Projections Consortium.

One of the features of the PMP software is an option to produce Skills Based Projections. The Report Manager can be run as a separate web site or as an option in the Projections Suite. Report Manager's main menu has options for data uploading and management, analysis, creating projections, and reports. The Import and Manage Series options allow the producer to massage the data series in a variety of ways.

The main part of the system is the Screen Projections segment which allows the producer to create skills based projections on occupation projections, as matched with descriptors or O*Net Codes. The created reports can include multiple geographies and time frames, with skills in columns or rows.

As of late 2013, 48 states/territories have created login accounts for the Skills Based Projections report manager. Twenty nine states/territories have transferred/imported at least one data series, with 18 states/territories creating at least one skills based projection. While the skills based projections offer a lot of flexibility and capability for the states/areas, it also comes with a lot of complexity and need for training/understanding of the results. For more info on the PMP, go to dev.projectionscentral.com.

National Association of Workforce Boards Forum

The theme of the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) 2014 Forum is "Dialogue for Workforce Excellence." The Forum will be held March 29 to April 1 at the Washington Hilton in Northwest Washington, DC. Featured speakers include: a keynote by Arianna Huffington, Chair, President, & Editor-In-Chief of the Huffington Post Media Group on Sunday; a Monday morning keynote from Governor Mary Fallin, State of Oklahoma; and, a luncheon address Monday afternoon by Elizabeth H. Shuler, Secretary/Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of the AFL-CIO.

A new feature will by a concept called Quickshops, which is a new presentation design this year. These new sessions, compared to more traditional workshop formats, will provide participants the opportunity to interact with a diverse field of experts while providing presenters the opportunity to have more intimate discussions with participants. NAWB believes that this new quickshop format will foster a truer "Dialogue for Workforce Excellence," by allowing more time for attendees to interact directly with one another, share their respective expertise, and discover solutions to new challenges.

Quickshops will be conducted at a 10-person round table. Each quickshop will be a 20-minute presentation/discussion between presenters and participants. Once the 20 minutes is up, participants will move to a different table where they can explore another topic. The format will allow participants to attend three 20-minute sessions over a 75 minute period, thus participating in more of the quickshop topics offered than would be possible in the traditional workshop format.

Four related LMI topics to be presented include: Job Seeker and Employer Electronic Tools - ETA's Best Kept Secret; Local Employment Dynamics: Applying Analytics to Link Economic Developers and WIBs; Visualizing Workforce Data: Tools For Mapping Customer Needs; and, Your Portal to State and Local LMI Data for Decision-Making.

The traditional features of the NAWB Forum remain - preconference sessions, workshops, exhibits (including one on the Workforce Information Council), issue, spotlight, & what's next sessions, networking, awards, Workforce Central Radio, and the Partners' Exchange (the Workforce Information Council will also be represented). For registration and more details, go to their web site, www.nawb.org/forum/.

Workforce Data Quality Campaign & National Skills Coalition

The mission of the National Skills Coalition (NSC) is to organize broad-based coalitions seeking to raise the skills of America's workers across a range of industries. The NSC advocates for public policies that invest in what works, as informed by members' real-world expertise. And the organization communicates these goals to an American public seeking a vision for a strong U.S. economy that allows everyone to be part of its success. To ensure our nation is on a path toward economic growth and shared prosperity, education and training policies are needed that collectively prepare all Americans for participation in a skilled workforce that will help U.S. industries compete in a changing 21st century economy. The Workforce Data Quality Campaign (WDQC) contends that the nation cannot determine if our human capital policies are up to that challenge without inclusive, aligned and market-relevant education and workforce data systems that are supported by state and federal policies.

The NSC seeks to address the question "Who Should Care About Workforce Data?" If leaders want to know how effectively a state's human capital investments are preparing state residents for skilled employment in a rapidly restructuring economy ...

If students and workers want to know which colleges and training programs are most adept at helping people land a job and advance along a career pathways for a particular occupation or industry...

If business leaders want a clear picture of all the degrees and certificates conferred by local institutions so they can assess if these credentials actually align with the skills gaps facing local industries...

If colleges, adult literacy, job training and technical education programs want long-term data about how their students are faring in the labor market so they can adjust their programs accordingly...

...then they should all demand better public education and workforce data systems across our K-12, job training, adult education, career and technical, and postsecondary programs.

For more information, see their web site at www.nationalskillscoalition.org/.

Workforce Information Portal

The Workforce Information Portal is an on-line resource, providing customers with a one-stop access point to workforce information sources on the web. The portal provides quick access to state on-line workforce information and career information sites, as well as national resources. This one-stop access point is especially important to customers who want information from more than one state, or are not sure where to go to get information for their state or locality.

The portal gives the customer different avenues to web resources: by type of customer (individuals, businesses, and researchers), by geography, or by agency. The site is at www.workforceinformation.org.