Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Did you Datapalooza? Job and Labor Market Datapalooza 2016

Nancy Dischinat, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc.

Job and Labor Market Datapalooza
Almost 100 attended  the 2nd Annual Job and Labor Market Datapalooza!. This event was sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc. (LVWDB), in collaboration with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce and Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) which includes Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, Manufacturers Resource Center and the Small Business Development Center at Lehigh University.   

The Datapalooza lived up to its name by featuring Keith Bailey, Director of the Pennsylvania Center for Workforce Information and Analysis (CWIA), who offered an comprehensive review of labor market information, workforce intelligence and on-line data toolkits available to help businesses make informed, strategic workforce development and hiring decisions.  Mr. Bailey provided an in-depth review of CWIA’s website, www.workstats.dli.pa.gov and highlighted resources such as industry and occupational projections, occupational wages and high priority occupations, unemployment  insurance claims, local employment dynamics and JobGateway®, Pennsylvania’s on-line job matching system, www.jobgateway.pa.gov.

John Lamirand, Director of Research for the LVWDB and Research Specialist for the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, provided an overview of Lehigh Valley’s Labor Market Landscape including workforce characteristics, industry employment, Lehigh Valley’s top ranked current and projected industry sectors including transportation, warehousing and healthcare, and top ranked projected occupations with healthcare and registered nurses leading the way.

During the interactive labor market needs session, employers discussed the need to better understand:  the impact of healthcare reform on hiring requirements,  workforce replacement data due to an aging workforce, fringe benefits information, data on minimum wages by occupation, and a suggestion to create an on-line system where employers can input their workforce data to be compared to local/state industry data.

www.lvwib.org to access the Datapalooza presentation. If you have any comments about data needs and workforce intelligence, please call me directly at 610-841-1122.

Over 100 Lehigh Valley business leaders participated in an interactive discussion on labor market data needs
Larry Wiersch, CEO, Cetronia Ambulance Corps and Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board (LVWDB) Business and Economic Development Committee Chair welcomes the crowd to the LVWDB Job and Labor Market DataPalooza.
John Lamirand, Research Specialist for LVWDB and Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation provided the Lehigh Valley Labor Market Landscape.

The keynote presenter, Keith Bailey, Director, Center for Workforce Information and Analysis at Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry provided overall Workforce Information and Analysis for Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley region.  If you are interested in his presentation please visit the LVWDB website.

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