Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), nearly $50 million in State Labor Market Information (LMI) Improvement Grants resulted in numerous data products.  These state and research deliverables were funded under Labor Market Information Improvement (LMII) grants, which were awarded in late 2009 as part of the economic recovery stimulus program to ameliorate the recent recession. 

ARRA LMI IMPROVEMENT GRANT PRODUCTS ISSUED

ETA's products funded by the ARRA State Labor Market Information Improvement grants include a catalogue of state products, plus evaluations and practitioner briefs.  Everything can be accessed from this resource page, including the catalogue of state products, evaluations, practitioner briefs, a webinar, and podcasts.  

Although concentrating on green jobs, the project resulted in other useful products, including real-time job postings data.

                  Factory image  with a sign reading, “Hottest States for Green Jobs

Major Products

1. A 100-plus page Catalogue of Products from State LMI Improvement Grants, which provides the most complete listing of the work done by the participating states.

2.  Two evaluation studies of the project by Mathematica Policy Research, a Final Evaluation Report and a Summary Report, are provided in the links on this page. Note that the Summary Report is not merely an abstract of the full report, but contains extremely useful information on the grantees that were not included in the site visits.  There is also a 5-minute podcast and accompanying transcript summarizing the evaluation.

These complement the Grantee Summary Report, the final report with findings on challenges the grantees experienced due to the short grant length, implementation issues, as well as the evolving definition of green jobs.

The report also explains how grantees leveraged the LMI grants to enhance organizational capacity, develop a better understanding of the green economy, and disseminate findings to users, ultimately moving LMI forward at state and national levels.

3. A webinar providing a thorough overview of the entire project, which includes PowerPoint slides, a recording and a transcript.

4. Three LMI Practitioner Briefs were also completed by Mathematica Policy Research and are available for download from the links provided and each were accompanied by a roughly 5-minute podcast and transcript:

  • Using Real-Time LMI To Explore Green Jobs;  
  • Strategic Partnering to Advance LMI: Insights from the State LMI Improvement Grants; and
  • Disseminating Labor Market Information: Insights from the State LMI Improvement Grants.                

                                   Northeast Research Consortium Discusses State Labor Market Information Improvement Grants