The purpose of this initiative is to provide guidance to workforce, education, and economic partners regarding the implementation of the regional planning process and the development and publication of Regional Labor Market Blueprints.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, signed into law on July 22, 2014, requires States to designate “regions” for the purpose of aligning workforce development activities and resources with larger regional economic development areas and available resources to provide coordinated and efficient services to both job seekers and employers.
As an extension of the 2019 data package update, a set of new dynamic data tools have been developed to support regional planning work. These tools are intended to act as a resource for users to compare data across regions and generate insights beyond the analysis in their regional data package, Apprenticeships. Managed by the Executive Office of Labor & Workforce Development, this data is designed to assist in the forecasting and skill development needed for a strong economy.