MEETS focuses on how new labor market information can
help state and local workforce development stakeholders make decisions
and develop education and employment training programs that meet the
needs of employers and workers. MEETS uses official industry
classifications and Census Bureau Local Employment Dynamics Program
Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWIs) to define and analyze employment
dynamics in the targeted industries. This is done by designing and
pilot testing the use of linked administrative records as a strategic
tool for the workforce investment system in serving businesses and
workers. Although focusing on high-growth and high priority job
transformation industries initially, MEETS is intended to describe an
approach to the delivery of new labor market information that can be
adapted to any mix of employment opportunities and challenges.
MEETS seeks to enhance collaboration of employers, industry leaders,
business associations, educators, trainers, community and technical
college systems, and other partners in the public and private workforce
system. Managed by The Jacob France Institute at the University of
Baltimore, MEETS involves state labor market information
units and related research organizations in the design
and development of new labor market information products.
These partners then join the project team in assessing the value-added
of newly developed tools.