Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Data and Statistic resources for all your workforce needs!

The Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc is your source for all things workforce related.  We have data and statistics oozing out of us.  These resources can assist your business in assessing your current workforce, plan for future workforce plans and more.  If there is information that you can not find please feel free to contact me at
610-841-1122 and we will find it.  Happy reading!
Labor Market Data Resources

Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board, Inc.

PA Center for Workforce Information & Analysis (CWIA)

Monthly Workforce, Employment, Unemployment Stats: 

Employment and Wages by Industry and Occupation:

                Occupational Wages:
                Top 50 Employers by County:
                County Economic Profiles: 
                General Labor Market Data for the Lehigh Valley:
                PA Workstats:  

U.S. Department of Labor / Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Annual Survey of Wages by Occupation – (ABE Metro): 
Local Area Employment Statistics: 
Job Openings & Labor Turnover (U.S.):  
Employment & Jobs Data (ABE Metro):
Employment Cost Indices:
Consumer Inflation Indices:
Productivity -
Worker Characteristics:

Local Employment Dynamics – On The Map:  (Select Area search Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Area) 

Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
Profiles and Trends A Comprehensive Picture of the Lehigh Valley’s Demographics and Employment
The Only Resource Showing Both History and Forecasts

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Out of school youth need a chance to engage again.

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

Interested and qualified providers should apply in order to reach and influence our out of school youth that can benefit from counseling and support.  These individuals can then thrive to reach their educational /and or career potentials....but only with your support!


The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has designated Lehigh and Northampton Counties in Northeast Pennsylvania as the Lehigh Valley Workforce Area in accordance with provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014.  The Lehigh and Northampton County Executives are the Chief Elected Officials as defined in WIOA. Together with the Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc. (LVWDB), which they appoint, they are responsible for developing a workforce system in the Lehigh Valley and for selecting youth service providers.

The LVWDB invites qualified providers, skilled in delivering services to out-of-school youth aged 17 – 24, to apply for funds under this Request for Proposals (RFP).

This RFP includes three options:

1. Navigator Option
2. Vendor Option
3. Full Service Option

The LVWDB invites qualified providers, skilled in delivering services to out-of-school youth aged 17 – 24, to apply for funds under this Request for Proposals (RFP).

The objective of the funds is to help youth who are high school dropouts and/or economically disadvantaged youth who are not in school and who have barriers, as described in WIOA, with education, training, and services that:

   Aligns with skill needs of industries in our region
   Prepares youth to be successful in secondary or postsecondary education.
   Provides counseling to support education and career goals.
   Leverages education concurrent with workforce preparation and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster.
   Organizes education, training, and other services to accelerate advancement to meet the youth’s needs.
   Enables youth to attain a HS diploma or GED and/or one (1) recognized postsecondary credential.

   Helps youth enter or advance in a specific occupation or occupational cluster.
A Proposer's Conference will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 10:00 A. M. at Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc. 555 Union Boulevard, Allentown, PA 18109.

Proposals must be submitted no later than noon on September 23, 2016, after which date and time LVWDB will not accept additional proposals.  Any questions please contact me at

For more information on the descriptions and applications please visit the LVWDB website.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Grand Opening in Bethlehem...where you there?

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

On August 15, I was ecstatic to open another branch of the PA CareerLink LV at the Hispanic Center in Bethlehem. We know how to throw a party, so it's no surprise that this grand opening was filled with bus rides, an air dancer, a ribbon cutting, special guest speakers and of course...cake!

This collaboration could not have been possible with out amazing and supportive community partners. I had the pleasure of working hand in hand with Lorna Velazquez and Donna Taggart of the Hispanic Center, Executive John Brown of Northampton County, Mayor Bob Donchez of Bethlehem City, Luis Campos of the Greater Lehigh Valley Hispanic Chamber along with staff and community members from all our partner organizations.  Thank you to everyone involved.

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements from LVWDB and PA CareerLink LV!
Check out our newly wrapped LANta bus to highlight PA CareerLink LV services.
Lorna and I right before we boarded the bus.
Lorna Velazquez and I in-front of the newest PA CareerLink LV location in Bethlehem.
Our distinguished speakers:  Mayor Bob Donchez, City of Bethlehem, Executive John Brown, Northampton County, Donna Taggart, Hispanic Center of LV, Luis Campos, Chair Hispanic Chamber GLVCC, Lorna Velazquez, Hispanic Center LV
(L to R)

Excited for our newest location in Bethlehem!!
All smiles for this community collaboration to bring services to the heart of Bethlehem and the Hispanic community...
we are ready to serve!
Just some of our community partners

Executive John Brown, Northampton County, Vito Gallo, Lehigh University, Bob Donchez, Bethlehem City

Sam Cartagena, Hispanic Chamber, Lorna Velazquez, Hispanic Center and Danielle Joseph, The Chamber

You can't celebrate with out CAKE!