Workforce Development


Laid-Off Coal Miners Inspire Virginia Tech and Local Workforce Board Study on Transferable Skills

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In southwest Virginia, coal miners are facing a grim reality. The coal mining industry has dwindled from over 12,000 jobs in 1990 to less than 4,000 in 2013, not only changing the lives of those workers but also the scope of the local economy. And, since occupations in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction offer the highest overall earnings in the region, it’s difficult for laid-off workers to find comparable employment.


WIOA, Measuring Impacts, and Labor Market Data: A Discussion With NAWB

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In a recent conversation at Workforce Central on BlogTalkRadio, EMSI joined Ron Painter, CEO of the National Association of Workforce Boards, to discuss the new stipulations under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) for measuring the impact of workforce boards.“If we thought WIA was interested in data, WIOA…is obsessed with data,” Painter said. Simply put, […]


Webinar: Using Labor Market Data to Inform Talent Strategy for Workforce Planning

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On Wednesday, January 28 (10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PST) EMSI will be hosting a webinar on how companies can use external labor market data to improve key aspects of their talent strategies. Sponsored by the Talent Strategy Institute, the presentation will focus on how to use this data to do the following: Communicate expectations internally Optimize […]


Where Welders Make the Most Money

The emergence of in-demand jobs that require a community college education or less but pay well—sometimes extremely well—is a big story, and a timely one with President Obama unveiling a plan to make community college free for millions of students. USA TODAY started a major series on jobs, using EMSI data, by focusing on these […]


New Report Examines Mid-Skill Petrochemical, Industrial Construction Shortages in Houston

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In the prosperous Houston economy, a blend of industries is driving new job opportunities for middle-skill workers. But, as EMSI helped identify in a recent report with JPMorgan Chase, two sectors stand above the rest: petrochemical manufacturing and commercial and industrial construction.