Brookings Institution

Putting America to Work: Presentations on the Essential Role of Federal Labor Market Statistics

During a roundtable event at Brookings, Andrew Reamer facilitated a series of presentations and focused discussions on:

  • The value of current, accurate, detailed federal statistics for the functioning of the nation’s labor markets
  • Innovations in labor market information that could substantially improve the decision-making by labor market participants and policymakers
  • An assessment of the current state of the federal labor market statistics system 
  • A vision and roadmap for a system that meets labor market participant and policymaker needs

The topics of the sessions, with links to presentations and handouts, follows:

Occupational Transformation and Labor Market Dysfunction


Innovations in LMI
Innovative Products and Tools
Real-Time LMI
James Vollman, Advanced Workforce Systems

State Longitudinal Data Systems

  • SLDS Grant Program (presentation and handout)
    Tate Gould, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education

  • Workforce Data Quality Initiative (presentation and handout)
    Stephen Wandner, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

  • Post-Secondary and Workforce (graphic)
    David Stevens, The Jacob France Institute, University of Baltimore

Local Employment Dynamics
Ron Jarmin, Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce

Occupational Information
Dixie Sommers, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

Skills-Based Projections and Transferability
Anthony Dais, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

Healthcare Virtual Career Platform (plus list of covered occupations)
David Morman, American Association of Community Colleges

State Labor Market Information Agency State-of-the-Art

U.S. Labor Market Statistics System: Vision and Realities