Creating Strategic Plans for Workforce Development

Identifying occupations that are needed by businesses in a region is a precursor to the creation of a workforce development strategic plan. Moreover, identifying occupations that are currently in demand and those that will be needed over the next decade enables institutions in a region to better align their resources in workforce and education to meet the needs of businesses. Knowing which occupations are now in-demand and expected to remain in-demand over the next decade also empowers residents or communities to obtain the skills to compete for those jobs and to obtain living wages.

Click here to read Virginia’s Combined State Plan for WIOA (Chmura Economics & Analytics supported the development of the plan):

http://www.elevatevirginia.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/VBWD-Strategic-Plan_final.pdf

WIOA: Data-driven Directions

Now that the states' WIOA plans are completed, local Workforce Development Areas' key staff are in the throes of developing their local strategic plans. As we heard while attending the NAWB Forum 2016 conference, local areas need actionable labor market data and information. To this end, Chmura is working with several WDAs to provide labor data through our technology platform, JobsEQ. With JobsEQ, you have the data you need, when you need it. Investment outcomes are more manageable and predictable with reliable labor force data.

There are 19,703,061 residents in the nation that are living with some sort of disability according to the latest data available. This is about 10% of the population. An example of how this impacts local regions can be seen in the Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area, which has 17% of its population living with disabilities compared to 11.6% for the State of Ohio.

Southern Ohio Non-Metro Area, Demographics: Disabled Age 18-64Southern Ohio Non-Metro Area, Demographics: Disabled Age 18-64