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 about state and local data sources 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 recently added new listings on credentials, equal employment opportunity data, unemployment insurance claims, displaced workers, Internet and computer use, and homelessness.

The Added Features in the Guide

This new 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.

The Guide is designed for the broadest possible audience, including:

  • State and local workforce professionals, and other employment and training program staff

  • DOL grant applicants and recipients

  • Educators, trainers and career counselors

  • Economic development partners and strategic planners

  • Community and faith-based organizations

  • Employers and their human resource departments

  • Labor unions

  • DOL national and regional office staff; and

  • Researchers, students, and the general public.

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