The Employment and Training Administration's Guide to State and Local Workforce Data provides links to a wealth of state and local employment and economic data from government and private sector sources. 

The Guide, designed for finding data for analysis and informed decision-making, combines several features that make it uniquely valuable.

The Value of the Guide

The Guide offers the following information in its inventory:

  • Comprehensive coverage of valuable workforce data sources from government and private sector sources

  • Direct links to the data, which connects users immediately to the information they need

  • Organization by topic (e.g., compensation, education and credentials, etc.), which allows users to quickly locate what they need

  • Summary statistics on the number of states and localities for which data are available

  • A general description for each entry, including when the data series began, and how often it is published

  • Essential background information for each entry, including links to frequently asked questions, contact information, glossaries, and actual survey questions

  • Key definitions and tips for using workforce statistics.  

ETA has added listings on credentials, equal employment opportunity data, unemployment insurance claims, displaced workers, Internet and computer use, and homelessness in the Guide.

NOTEThis Guide is currently under revision, and the next update will be posted as soon as possible.


Highlighted Features in this Guide

This edition of the Guide also 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 table of contents page; and

* A hyperlinked table of contents, allowing the user to immediately jump to a given section of the Guide.

Additional Guides to Data Sources and Tools

* Important Disclaimer:  This Guide and the other guides referenced here identify some non-governmental organizations that collect and disseminate workforce and labor market information.  The inclusion of private sector and .com websites is for informational purposes only.  The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) neither implies nor confers any endorsement on a company or on a specific product or service, including analysis, tools and guides.  Readers and information users should exercise an appropriate level of care.  This Guide is not intended to be an exhaustive list of private sector vendors or websites, and DOL reserves the right to modify the list on an ongoing basis.

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