Here are some of the best sources for understanding migrant and seasonal farmworker (MSFW) characteristics and demographics in the labor force, and for learning how to use labor market information (LMI).

Key Workforce Data Sources for Staff Serving Farmworkers

Labor market information on farmworkers is produced by the U.S. Labor Department’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) or its Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

1. National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS): farmworker data and demographics from ETA, which is the major Federal source for migrant and seasonal farmworker data.

 2. Farm Labor Survey:  data on farmworkers from the National Agricultural Statistical Service under the USDA.

3. Census of Agriculture:  census of the Agriculture industry from the National Agricultural Statistical Service under the USDA.

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Other Data Sources for National Farmworker Jobs Program Staff

4. Guide to State and Local Workforce Data: a comprehensive source of quality government and private sector sources, including a farmworker section under “Industry-Specific Sources.”

5. State and Local Employment Projections: links to all state and local industry as well as occupational projections.

6. Education and Training Data for BLS Employment Projections:  BLS’ new system to specify the education and training that individuals typically need to qualify for employment in an occupation.

7. BLS' Occupational Outlook Handbook: widely considered the single most important source of career information.

8. Workforce Data, Data on Job Ads or Openings, and Other Information Available from Selected Federal Multi-Purpose E-Tools: chart comparing the data and job-related-information available from each data source.

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Tools and Training to Access and Utilize Data Sources Effectively

9. Quick Lesson Workforce Data Podcasts: ETA’s collection of 10 training modules on locating, selecting, using and applying data to your work. 

10. CareeOneStop Suite of Electronic Tools: ETA’s e-tools that are valuable resources for finding career and occupational data.

11. Applying LMI in Employment and Training Programs:  tips for using data and making informed decisions based on the data.

12. Navigating Online Career Exploration and Planning Tools:  skills development roadmap for case managers and staff to follow in job readiness activities.