Annually, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) issues a Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) containing guidance on the deliverables the states should produce for their Workforce Information Grants (WIGs).
The annual WIGs TEGL contains policy and program guidance, application instructions, and formula allocations for state labor market information departments to promote their labor market information (LMI) data production and dissemination.
ETA Workforce Information and LMI Deliverables
Each annual ETA workforce information grant TEGL provides states the policy and program guidance for the development, management, and delivery of labor market and workforce information to the public, ETA and its agency customers.
These core WIGs deliverables include:
- An annual economic report analyzing the state's current labor market,
- Contributions to the national Workforce Information Database (WIDb),
- Data dissemination services - in virtual displays, electronic databases and hardcopy publications, and
- An annual grant performance report detailing the deliverables produced.
The WIGs TEGL explains to state grantees their roles applicable to the LMI grants, and describes to prospective data users what deliverables and information can be expected from the grants.
The BLS Federal-State Cooperative Agreement
State workforce agency LMI departments also are partners in a federal-state cooperative agreement to collect and produce data for Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data program, such as the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) and numerous other BLS datasets.
But, the WIGs grants assist in facilitating state production of ETA-specific deliverables that enhance, improve, expand and modernize career information and career tools for career planning, and other data to complement the existing data viable for workforce or labor market planning.
Data Relevant to the Labor Market Context
All workforce and education activities are carried out within the context of a regional labor market.
Therefore, workforce information (WI), or labor force information, is critical for decision-making at all levels of the workforce development system.....from leadership and governance managers to planners and program directors to career counselors and other front-line staff.
It is critical that all education and training activities are based on data-driven, informed and labor market-relevant decision-making.