Workforce Development

WIOA’s Renewed Focus on Labor Market Data


The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) puts a renewed and intensified focus on the importance of labor market information. Ron Painter (CEO, NAWB) summed it up well in an interview with EMSI: “If we thought WIA was interested in data, WIOA is obsessed with data.”

EMSI Data Helps Determine 50 Occupations for KY’s $2M Workforce Training Program


Last week, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced $2 million in training scholarships that will equip unemployed and underemployed residents in the KentuckianaWorks‘ seven-county region with the skills and education they need for high-demand, higher-wages occupations. These occupations, 50 total, were selected by the KentuckianaWorks Board based on an analysis of labor market data that included workforce numbers from […]

Workforce Development Programs at Monroe Community College Pushed to Next Level by $320K Grant

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The Monroe Community College Foundation received a $320,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase to expand upon the college’s Measuring Middle-Skill Occupational Gaps Within the Finger Lakes Economy report—a cutting-edge, comprehensive, online document that uses labor market data to measure skills gaps in the Rochester, New York, region. The report will be transformed into an online database.

Which Metros are Creating the Highest Share of Living-Wage Jobs? Just Look at Manufacturing Hubs Like Detroit

The second edition of the Labor Market 150 Index is out, and once again Provo-Orem, Houston, and Raleigh make up a powerhouse trio at the top of the quarterly ranking from EMSI and CareerBuilder. Yet none of these labor market standouts cracks the top of the list of metros that have created the highest share […]

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


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 […]