Why is Workforce and Labor Market information important?

US Department of Labor logoThe U. S. Department of labor states:

“Workforce and labor market information is essential to the nation’s economy, providing for the efficient operation of labor markets by supplying quality labor market intelligence. Accurate, Objective, Relevant, Timely, and Accessible workforce and labor market information is critical for:

  • Building a skilled workforce that spurs business competitiveness and economic growth;
  • Strengthening career pathways and guiding skill attainment for good jobs, economic opportunity, and career growth;
  • Understanding the rapidly changing nature of work and how it impacts the workforce and U.S. economy; and
  • Spending workforce training and education funds effectively.

The nation’s labor markets cannot function efficiently and effectively without quality information to support the investment decisions of the workforce development system— Federal and State policymakers; State and local Workforce Development Boards; Federal, State, and local government agencies; and frontline staff—and the investment decisions of business managers, workers, students, jobseekers and educators.”


Labor Force & Unemployment Rates by WDA & Region

Greater New Bedford WDA

New Bedford MA Metropolitan NECTA

Greater New Bedford WDA

Southeast Region

Southeast Region

Southeast Region

Massachusetts Job Postings Data

Southeast Region Supply and Demand

Southeast Region

Southeast Region

Southeast Region

Southeast Region

Industry & Occupational Projections

Greater New Bedford WDA

Greater New Bedford WDA

Greater New Bedford WDA Short Term Occupational Projections

Greater New Bedford WDA Long Term Occupational Projections

Labor Market Information Resources

Information on labor force, employment, unemployment, and unemployment rates in Massachusetts and local areas.

More information on labor force, employment, unemployment, unemployment rates, and links to preformatted data.

Regional Labor Market Blueprints representing industry and occupational priorities for workforce investment in seven regions across the Commonwealth: Berkshire, Pioneer Valley, Central, Southeast, Cape, Greater Boston, and Northeast.

Economic data and labor market information on Massachusetts, including employment and wage data, unemployment rate, projections, industry and occupational statistics and other workforce statistical information by different labor market areas.

The “New England City and Town Areas” map shows metropolitan and micropolitan New England city and town areas (NECTAs).

Information about occupational employment and wages, industry staffing patterns, and occupational projections.

Current Employment Statistics (CES), Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), industry projections, occupational employment by industry.

The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance has produced occupational employment and wage industry staffing pattern data for the Commonwealth and for the 16 Workforce Development Areas (WDA’s).

Short-term employment projections cover a two-year time span.

The Massachusetts Industry-Occupation Employment Projection Matrix for 2018-2028 reflects the unique mix of 662 occupations and 122 industries in Massachusetts and are available for both occupations and industries.

Information about Massachusetts occupational employment and wages, industry staffing patterns (which industries employ which occupations), and occupational projections forecast for two years and ten years into the future are available here.

Guidance on how to use sources of labor market information and innovative analytics to examine how the labor market works and the skills employers seek when filling positions.

This report seeks to inform the workforce development community and others about the most common uses, successes, and challenges of real time labor market information.

Explore demographic data on the Massachusetts executive branch workforce. Track our progress toward our goals to reflect the diversity of the people we serve, and to stand out as an employer of choice.

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