State Investment in Workforce Development on the Rise

Written by Jacob Stenstrom When analyzing spending on workforce development activities as part of states’ overall economic development expenditures, there has been a substantial increase over the last decade. For the budget year covering 2020, states have committed to spending a total of $1.76 billion on workforce preparation and development. This is more than double […]

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Call for Proposals: 2020 C2ER Annual Conference and LMI Institute Forum

The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) and the Labor Market Information (LMI) Institute are soliciting proposals for the next annual conference and forum, which will be June 3 – 5, 2020 in Columbus, OH. The theme is The Roaring 2020’s: Mobilizing Your Talent and Economy for the New Decade. The upcoming conference and […]

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Data Featured at the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board

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The American Workforce Policy Advisory Board met on September 18 to receive recommendations from four Working Groups.  One of those groups focused on the importance of data to the nation’s workforce system.

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Eliminating Barriers for Youth in Apprenticeship Programs

Apprenticeships are a promising solution to employer-reported “skills shortages” and an effective way to connect young adults to in-demand skills and jobs. But to live up to their promise, apprenticeship programs for young adults must more effectively reduce barriers to participation and completion, especially for students of color, according to a new report from the North Carolina Justice Center.

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Professional Certifications and Licenses Increase Earnings and Reduce Unemployment, New Data Shows

Written by Anuradha Dhar At the end of June, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) at the Department of Labor released a report on 2018 data from the Current Population Survey (CPS) on the role of professional certifications and occupational licenses in the U.S. labor market. Their most recent annual data was released in January […]

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C2ER Recognizes Excellence in Economic Development Research Community, Economic and Workforce Development Applied Research Awards

On June 6, 2019, economic and workforce development professionals from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico assembled at The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) annual conference in St. Louis, Missouri to recognize excellence in economic development research work done by their peers. Receiving awards were the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Centers of […]

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RFP Announcement: State Projections Partnership looks to add 5-Year Industry and Occupation Products

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The demand for medium term (e.g., 5-year) projections continues to increase. According to many customers of labor market information, five-year projections would better assist individuals to make informed career decisions and give policymakers more relevant information for aligning and allocating current and future resources across the education, workforce and economic development systems. At present, states […]

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364 Days Until Census Day 2020!

CREC Staff attended the Census 2020: Navigating the National and Local Challenges panel discussion hosted by the Brookings Institution to hear legal, demographic, and Census experts discuss possibly the most news covered Decennial. Primary questions from the meeting revolved implications of including the citizenship question in the Decennial Census, cybersecurity, and how to encourage residents […]

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Call for WIAC Nominations

Dear Economic and Workforce Development Leaders, C2ER and the LMI Institute are collaborating with National Association of State and Workforce Agencies (NASWA) to facilitate nominations of State Labor Market Information (LMI) Directors, economic development leaders, Workforce Information Board representatives, academics, and business leaders to serve on the Workforce Information Advisory Council (WIAC), which was created under the Workforce Innovation and […]

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New Research on Manufacturing Gains Notice

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After decades of decline, the U.S. manufacturing sector is demonstrating its resilience: between 2010 and 2017, the manufacturing sector’s contribution to U.S. GDP grew by 34 percent and U.S. manufacturers added nearly 1 million net new jobs. With this resurgence of manufacturing, state and local leaders are looking beyond traditional incentive-laden business attraction strategies – […]

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