Workforce program staff need the best sources of data for planning in an integrated one-stop model.  Customer characteristics and demographics vary, and are important to know for addressing multiple barriers to employment and career development that customers face.  The resources collected here assist you in understanding how to use labor market information in program planning and service delivery design.

Key Data Sources for Planning and Service Delivery Design

1. Labor Force Characteristics in the Current Population Survey:  contains demographics and labor force data on characteristics of employed and unemployed individuals, as well as persons not in the labor force, because they are not actively seeking work.

2. American Community Survey Data in the Census Data Explorer:  an ongoing statistical survey that samples a small percentage of the population every year, giving communities the information they need to plan investments and services.

3. Census QuickFacts:  an easy-to-use and quick way to get demographic and population data.

Other Data Sources for Planners and Career Guidance 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.

Tools and Training to Access and Utilize Data Sources and Apply Data 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. Using LMI for Service Delivery: although developed for serving farmworkers, the same approaches to finding and using data as shown in these training modules are used in applying data to other programs and service delivery to special populations.

11. Putting LMI to Work 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.

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