We provide a wide variety of labor market information and analysis for Central Pennsylvania and other local Workforce Development Boards (WDB) in Pennsylvania. Recurring requests include local area employment and unemployment statistics; occupation and industry employment estimates and projections; wage data; demographics, and more. We utilize regional, state, and national labor market information from publicly available and proprietary data sources, such as:
- Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
- Commonwealth Workforce Development System (CWDS)
- Economic Modeling Specialists, International (EMSI)
- Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s Center for Workforce Information and Analysis (CWIA)
- Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS)
- U.S. Census Bureau’s Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI)
Advance Central PA responds to labor market information requests from a variety of stakeholders. The data and customized analysis we provide is used to make informed workforce and economic development decisions. Our clients include:
- Existing employers interested in data to compare their wage structure to average earnings for similar occupations across the region.
- Employers looking to expand or relocate in the area who are interested in whether the available and potential skills of the workforce can respond to their projected growth.
- Economic developers trying to showcase the region’s workforce and key industries as they develop attraction, retention, and industrial development plans.
- Training providers making decisions about which programs to offer and how many people to train in key occupational areas.
- K-12 educators looking to expand career development activities in their classrooms.
- Central PA CareerLink® staff using information to guide both job seeker and employer services, direct career planning, and provide a general awareness about the economy.
- Non-profit and public organizations seeking basic labor market data to support grant proposals or programming.
- Local Workforce Development Boards in Pennsylvania who work with Advance Central PA to develop capacity to provide similar information to their constituents across 25 counties.