MASSACHUSETTS WORKFORCE AND LABOR MARKET INFORMATION
Why is Workforce and Labor Market information important?
The 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.”
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 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).
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.