1.1 LABOR MARKET INFORMATION. Package and publish labor market and career information to support outreach activities


  • Backbone (Lead)
  • Industry Partnerships (Support)
  • Data & Evaluation (Support)
  • Communications (Advisory)
  • Education & Training (Advisory)
  • Policy & Systems Change (Advisory)

1.1.1. Analyze real-time and traditional labor market information (LMI) to identify high-demand, middle-skill occupations and establish in-demand career pathways.

  • Document the following for each occupation:
    • Number of openings
    • Minority and gender representation
    • Skills and training requirements
    • Available training programs
    • Training capacity and completions
  • Maintain a log of hiring events (expansions, relocations, lay-offs), that might significantly impact future workforce demand, to augment the LMI
  • Use this information to define career pathways that are considered in-demand
  • Tailor information to different audiences

1.1.2. Validate information on critical occupations and skills

  • Convene 12 to 25 industry leaders for key industries to review the data on relevant middle-skill occupations and career pathways and provide input on their hiring needs, sources of talent, and preferred training providers
  • Adjust the LMI and career pathways to reflect feedback from industry participants
    • Sector partnerships/K-12 workgroups (healthcare & skilled trades)


Critical Occupations and LMI Validation

  1. Have employers identify top three to five most critical occupations
  2. Record these occupations and group by occupational category (e.g. production, engineering, transportation, etc.)
  3. Lead a conversation about these occupations:
    • What makes them critical?
    • What skills or competencies are entry-level candidates in these positions frequently lacking?
    • How would a person advance into and out of these positions?
  4. Use this information to map occupations and career paths in the industry
  5. Ask employers to validate the map and to provide additional input on preferred programs, sources of talent, and recruitment practices

Adapted from: Building Industry-Driven Career Pathway Systems in Colorado: A Step-by-Step Guide, 2016

1.1.3. Maintain this information in a regularly updated access point that houses a suite of information about high-demand occupations and career pathways that can be used to create materials (handouts, brochures, presentations, and more) that will support outreach activities

  • Update traditional LMI on a quarterly basis as new data is released
  • Release validated, more detailed information on an annual basis after industry input is completed and incorporated

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