The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and other data producers have created a series of podcast guides and brief tutorials to help you identify and use labor force, industry, demographic and economic statistics.

ETA's Quick Lesson Podcasts 

ETA created its series of podcasts as instruction guides to help you identify and use labor market information (LMI) and workforce statistics.  The presentations' transcripts are written simply, and presume no previous subject matter or statistical knowledge. 

They should prove helpful for a broad variety of audiences and purposes, including grant applications, targeting growing industries and occupations, pinpointing labor market hardship, state and regional planning, and assessing program effectiveness.

Each lesson is comprised of a podcast roughly 10 minutes long plus a transcript of 2-3 pages.  The podcast and transcript can be used either separately or together.  The links cannot be accessed from inside the podcasts, but the podcasts include visuals not available in the transcripts.

           Teacher explaining LMI data on chart on wall

Some provide an overview of a topic (like unemployment data), while others explain in a step-by-step manner how to obtain a specific type of data or to use a specific data tool.  Each topical presentation includes basic definitions, a brief historical background, links to the most important sources (especially for state and local data), and practical tips on how to interpret and use the data and avoid common mistakes. 

    2013 Podcasts  

  1. Unemployment data
  2. Dislocated worker data
  3. Employment projections
  4. Industry data
  5. Geographic data
  6. Economic data

        2011 Podcasts

    1. The Data Dozen:  Key Workforce Data and Information Sites
    2. Using E-Tools to Identify Growing Industries
    3. Using E-Tools to Identify Industry Concentration Ratios
    4. Using E-Tools to Identify Occupations 


    Other Data Producer Webinars and Training

    Please also see the Fundamentals of Labor Market Information E-Learning Series and Using Labor Market Information in Designing Service Delivery – A Program Example for additional training.

    The Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the LMI Institute and other agencies listed in Important Data Producers and LMI Organizations also offer training.

    Please also refer to the Guide to State and Local LMI Data, which lists resources for Applying LMI to Service Delivery, and Guiding the Way with Labor Market Data and Business Intelligence for a basic primer on the various ways LMI can help you.