State Labor Market Information (LMI) departments provide value-added data that government, business, education agencies, and private individuals can use to make data-driven decisions about many employment-related aspects, including careers, hiring trends, skills in demand, available labor supply, social program services or education and training offerings.

State LMI units produce labor market surveys and data for the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) under a long-standing federal-state cooperative agreement.  State LMI departments also are funded by the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) to provide labor market analysis, research, career information and occupational skill data to support the workforce system.

Data for Jobseekers, Workers, Business and Education Customers 

To assist data users, state LMI units conduct surveys, collect statistics, and produce an array of skills, career, industry sector, and training data useful to a number of different types of consumers of their data, including public agencies that depend on the reliability of those statistics for funding and investment decisions.

The former Workforce Information Council (WIC) issued a brief on "Labor Market Information Customers and Their Needs," which describes how state LMI departments have been innovating their products to better meet customer needs and how the dissemination of data to customers has improved.


An Asset for Regional Planning and Workforce Development

State LMI units are assets to the workforce system, because state and local workforce developers use their LMI data to design program policies and priorities for service delivery, particularly for services that meet the needs of the changing demographics and economic conditions of the states.

The state workforce plan's inclusion of a labor market analysis - or environmental scan of the regional economy - is intended to provide states the opportunity to partner with their state LMI units, and infuse data-driven decision-making into their strategic planning process

State and local area workforce planners also use data produced by LMI units to select targeted occupations for classroom training opportunities and other workforce investments to ensure labor market outcomes demonstrate a good return on investment.

State LMI Directors' Priorities for Investment in Data

This priority listing was developed by the National Association of State Workforce Agencies LMI Committee, the Workforce Information Council state representatives, and other state LMI Directors from a Planning Forum to support potential funding investments over a two-year period from 2009-2010.