MEETS describes the local
and state decision-making value of a new labor market information
series—information that meets needs voiced by business executives,
workers and educators who make investment, career path and curriculum mix
decisions based on limited understanding of local business and employment
dynamics, including profiles of job creation, growth and decline; and
related hiring trends.
MEETS draws upon local,
state and national resources to design and deliver MEETS Briefs and
other new ways of packaging information that responds to business, worker
and educator priorities. The individual sources of information pulled
together by MEETS are not new, but until now the sources were maintained by
different organizations for unrelated administrative uses. MEETS,
then, is a value-added brokering activity that transforms isolated
components into valuable new information products.
The Jacob France
Institute at the University of Baltimore (http://www.ubalt.edu/jfi)
began the pilot phase of MEETS building on a foundation of ADARE network
management experience (http://www.ubalt.edu/jfi/adare).
Since 1998, teams of researchers and state agency staffs in the ADARE states
have cooperated in the development of secure repositories of linked
confidential administrative records that have then been used for mutually
agreed upon research and evaluation purposes. The existing ADARE
partnerships contributed to successful recruitment of charter states in the
Census Bureau Local Employment Dynamics (LED) program (http://lehd.dsd.census.gov).
Each state that
participates in the Census Bureau LED program has negotiated a Memorandum of
Understanding that authorizes quarterly state deliveries of UI wage records
and industry affiliation information to the Bureau. These confidential
administrative records are linked behind a secure firewall with other data
sources maintained by the Bureau. The combined extracts are then
transformed into a series of Quarterly Workforce Indicator (QWI)
releases that have been defined by state and Bureau partners.
The Census Bureau LED
program QWI series satisfies all state and Federal standards for public
release without disclosure of any person or business identity.
The LED program web
site continues to reflect ongoing enhancements that respond to customer
needs and suggestions. This enables local and state users to download
a variety of tabulations and graphics based on their own specifications of
interest. The MEETS role begins where the current Census Bureau LED
program capacity ends. The MEETS team at The Jacob France Institute is
in frequent contact with the Census Bureau LED program management team, and
with some of the program’s state partners.
The Jacob France
Institute MEETS team has been authorized to receive Census Bureau LED
program updates of the QWI series at the same time cooperating states
receive this new information. Prior to each quarterly update, the
MEETS team communicates with local and state partners to define each area’s
highest priority for rapid turnaround customized attention.
The portfolio of
MEETS Brief samples that appears here is one of several product lines
developed to date. Others are available upon request from MEETS
manager Jeff Gabriel (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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points titled “What is in each MEETS Brief?”
What's in the Brief?
- A recent profile of employment
level and job creation or loss by locally defined drill-downs within
larger industry clusters (using official NAICS codes), with a count
of new hires in this cluster by age groups and gender.
- URL’s for easy access to more
detail about the Census Bureau LED program, BLS technical documents
and related data sources, and state LMI contact information to get
expert advice about occupational staffing and wages within the
next steps for local workforce development system partners to take
themselves so maximum value is gained from each MEETS Brief.
Baltimore County, MD
Montgomery County, MD
Boone and Winnebago,
Pikes Peak, CO
North Valley, CA
San Diego County, CA