The WIB as Workforce Analyst
about jobs and career pathways, described in accessible ways, is a
critical function of the WIB.
WIBs play a key role in collecting and analyzing labor market data for their region. This entails
not only finding and using statistical data to paint a picture of the local economy, but turning
that data into useful information for educators, policy makers and the business community. Often,
statistical information is several years old, so the WIB also takes a proactive role in using its
convening role to bring together employers through focus groups and other mechanisms to understand
the current and future skill requirements and hiring needs of key industries. Understanding and
disseminating information about trends in employment can be valuable to One-Stop Career Centers,
community colleges, and schools.
Mapping the gaps between the needs of the economy and the current
delivery system is also a key function of the WIB. Many WIBs initiate asset mapping in their
communities, to provide information about the services that are available. They also scan their
region to learn about the potential mismatches between the skills required and the current
workforce, or the education and training needed by residents and the actual offerings.
about jobs and career pathways, described in accessible ways for students and job seekers is also a
critical function of the WIB. Often, employers can't see the career pathways within their industry,
and the WIB works with tools to map occupations and skill requirements in ways that can be used by
both people who want to enter a field, and incumbent workers who want to progress in their careers.