If you want to find information on skills and educational attainment, the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration’s guide to the relevant sources will allow you to shed light on labor or skill shortages, skill mismatches, and skill deficiencies. Skimming for Skills provides links to surveys, reports and customized data tools, and includes more than three dozen sources.
Now more than ever, maintaining America’s competitive edge requires that workers obtain relevant post-secondary credentials and that employers have access to a well-trained and highly-skilled workforce. For decades, the national Registered Apprenticeship system and the nation’s extensive network of two- and four-year post-secondary institutions have been at the forefront of providing industry-driven education and training that supports business competitiveness and career advancement for workers.
On April 19th, the U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, announced the availability of $474.5 million to create and expand innovative partnerships between community colleges and businesses to educate and train workers with the skills employers need. This is the third of four rounds of funding under the $2 billion Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program.
The U.S. Department of Labor reported that the economy added 236,000 non-farm jobs in February, according to their preliminary figures. Industries that added workers in Career and Technical Education pathways include Construction, Healthcare, Leisure and Hospitality, and the Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries.
Industries with the most workers added to payrolls in the last month include:
- +44,100 Admninistrative and Waste Services
- +39,100 Health care and Social Assistance
- +31,700 Specialty Trade Contractors
- +23,700 Retail Trade
- +20,800 Motion Picture and Sound Recording
- +26,800 Professional and Technical Services
- +20,600 Accomodations and Food Services
Industries with largest reductions in the number of workers in the last month include:
- -31,700 Electronics and Appliance Stores
- -14,700 Educational Services
- -10,000 Government
Visit www.BLS.gov to see the press release, access employment figures by industry, and dig deeper into state and local data.
Employment figures based on preliminary data reported by BLS for February 2013.