Many states, school districts and postsecondary institutions use labor market information (LMI) to justify the creation of new Career Technical Education (CTE) programs and to inform program design. LMI can include data on the current and projected number of openings in specific industry sectors, as well as data on salary and any technological or policy advancements. This information can also be used at the state, regional, local and even student levels for career awareness and exploration in priority sectors. However, the dissemination of LMI is often carried out in an ad hoc and not strategic way, hurting the effectiveness of the data itself.
This guide from Advance CTE is designed to help states think through the process of disseminating LMI more strategically. The guide highlights work done in Nevada, Kentucky and Washington and their dissemination of LMI to employers, districts and learners, and poses guiding questions for states to consider for each of those audiences.
This resource was developed through the New Skills for Youth initiative, a partnership of the Council of Chief State School Officers, Advance CTE and Education Strategy Group, generously funded by JPMorgan Chase & Co.