Workforce Data Explained

WDQC has launched a series of short videos that highlight how states are using education and workforce data to advance their skilled workforce and better align with industry demand.

Evaluating the Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative:

In this first video, Neal Gibson, Director of the Arkansas Research Center, explains his state's Career Pathways Initiative and the vital role administrative data play in improving the career prospects of Arkansans.

Using Data to Narrow Skills Gaps in California:




Jillian Leufgen, Program Analyst with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy, talks about understanding student success in California’s labor market.

Making Data Work for Business in Indiana:

Carol O. Rogers, Deputy Director of the Indiana Business Research Center, about the critical role data play in aligning education with industry demand.

Data Empowers Students in Minnesota:

Alessia Leibert, Research Project Manager at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), discusses how data empowers students.

Data Attracts Business in Mississippi:




Domenico "Mimmo" Parisi, PhD, Director of the National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center, on how his institution uses data to inform employers and spur economic growth in Mississippi.

Connecting Certification Data to Workforce Success:

Renah Wolzinger of "Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy," California Community Colleges and Matthew Meyer of STEM Innovations, North Carolina Community College System, talk about the Workforce Credentials Coalition.

Labor Market Information Creates Job-Driven Training in Wyoming:

Tony Glover, Chief Economist and Research Supervisor from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, on how his state uses labor market information to create industry projections and inform the development of training programs.