Saturday, March 15, 2008

State-Specific Labor Market Analysis

Thanks to Jill Walser of "I Got the Job" in Bellevue, Washington, for pointing out state-specific resources providing labor market and economic analysis.

Jill's blog post on Workforce Explorer (see 2/12/08 post), the state of Washington's site for detailed local economic information, got me thinking about whether other states have similar resources.

The answer is: Yes!

A Google search for "labor market and economic analysis" and "Nebraska" returned the Nebraska Department of Workforce Development's site, which provides "Labor Market Information," including a state-specific unemployment rate analysis, and Nebraska's "Explorer" site.

It offers a site called "NSTARS" -- Nebraska Statistical Tracking and Resource System -- with additional resources. On that site, I found state-specific occupation data, including this information:

Compensation Summary

Total all occupations working in Nebraska Statewide can expect to earn a median cash salary of $27,180 or $13.05 per hour. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more.

Half of the people in this job earn between $19,205 ($9.25 per hour) and $41,525 ($19.95 per hour)(i.e., between the 25th and 75th percentiles). An entry level worker can expect to earn $16,910 ($8.15 per hour) while an experienced worker can expect to earn $42,355 ($20.35 per hour).

This is the kind of information you can use in a news release, marketing materials, and client educational communications. See if your state has something similar!!

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