New Guide to State and Local Workforce Data Released
Posted on May 03, 2012 by Emma Wallace0 Comments Add Comments
The U.S. Employment and Training Administration’s Office of Workforce Investment has released the second edition of its popular Guide to State and Local Workforce Data, which incorporates a number of additions and improvements:
DOL Chief Economist on Labor Market Data and Policy
Posted on June 04, 2012 by Emma Wallace0 Comments Add Comments
The Win-Win Community of Practice has posted a presentation by the Department of Labor's Chief Economist, Adriana Kugler, on labor market policies and data analysis. Dr. Kugler analyzes how well the labor market has fared in the aftermath of the recession, including in specific populations, industries, and states. She explains what data her office reviews, how DOL uses data analyses to make decisions, and what survey improvements are necessary to improve our understanding and policies concerning the labor market. Click here to view the presentation.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office has released a report on the status of unemployed older workers. Unemployed Older Workers: Many Experience Challenges Regaining Employment and Face Reduced Retirement Security specifically examines the effects of the recession on this age group, including:
Among its findings, GAO concludes that "older workers tend to stay unemployed longer, and those who regain employment generally sustain greater wage losses than do younger workers."
The National Office has released a revised version of the SCSEP 101 training modules. We hope that new SCSEP directors and staff will find these up-to-date recordings useful!
May is Mental Health Month. One in 5 people will experience a mental illness directly, and these people are a significant portion of the workforce. Mental illness has a significant impact on the workplace that often goes unrecognized. When un- or under-treated it can manifest as a performance issue, such as absenteeism or compromised productivity, which carries a high cost to employers. Mental illness causes more days of work loss and work impairment than chronic health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, arthritis, back pain, hypertension, and heart disease.
Fortunately, mental illness is highly treatable. Increasingly, One-Stop Career Centers are serving persons with multiple challenge to employment, including mental illness. The under-reporting of persons with non-visible disabilities (especially mental illness and other cognitive disabilities) remains a challenge for the public workforce system. Check out the Disability and Employment CoP for 30-second trainings and other resources on mental illness.
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