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ETA Announces New Series of Podcast Instruction Guides to Assist the Workforce Community in the Identification and Use of Labor Market and Workforce Statistics
Jan 18, 2013

The Employment and Training Administration has just issued a new series of podcast instruction guides to help the workforce community identify and use labor market and workforce statistics. The presentations are written simply, and presume no previous subject matter or statistical knowledge. They should prove helpful for a broad variety of audiences and purposes, including grant applications; targeting growing industries and occupations; pinpointing labor market hardship; state and regional planning; and assessing program effectiveness.

Each podcast is approximately 10 minutes in length accompanied by a transcript of 2-3 pages. The podcast and transcript can be used either separately or together: the links can't be accessed from the podcasts, but the podcasts include visuals not available in the transcripts.

Some podcasts provide an overview of a topic (like unemployment data), while others explain in a step-by-step manner how to obtain a specific type of data or to use a specific data tool. Each topical presentation includes basic definitions, a brief historical background, links to the most important data sources, and practical tips on how to interpret and use the data and avoid common mistakes. The tool - and data-specific presentations are designed to enable you to obtain useful data by the end of the lesson.