Workforce Trends and Projections

Providing workforce trend and forecast information and resources for business attraction and site selection, career and technical education programs and community/technical colleges.

1. Regional Labor Pool Report (by Focus Occupation)

The following information is included in this ECDI report:

  • Expanded Executive Summary: to increase the value and benefit of the report to Alabama communities / regions and economic and workforce development entities. Includes - overview; occupation description (from O*Net); labor pool: 10 most compatible occupations; and comparison of focus occupation and labor pool by: total regional jobs, projected total regional jobs change for next 10 years (broken down into 5-year periods), regional median hourly wage (for previous year or most recent year for which data is available), and job zone.
  • Labor Pool Trends and Forecast: Graphs providing a visual comparison of the relative jobs, jobs change, and median hourly wage of the focus occupation and its corresponding labor pool. The graphs show focus occupation by job growth and earnings and divide the labor pool into four sections with higher or lower growth and wages. This section includes graphs showing trends over the past 5 years and forecasts for the next 10 years (broken down into 5-year increments).
  • Detailed Data Overview: Tables ranking labor pool occupations (i.e. the 10 occupations most compatible with the focus occupation). The tables also include the following regional labor market information for each occupation: total jobs, job growth, median hourly earnings, job zone, and yearly turnover. This section includes detailed tables showing trends over the past 5 years and forecasts for the next 10 years (broken down into 5-year increments).

Customized regions can be created by zip code/s or county/ies in Alabama.

For more information on ECDI's economic data reports, please contact Amelia Stehouwer, ECDI Research and Communications Specialist, at hallame@auburn.edu or (334) 844-5394.


2. Program Justification Report (by Career Cluster or Program of Study)

The following information is included in this ECDI report:

  • Expanded Executive Summary: to increase the value and benefit of the report to Alabama community colleges, career and technical education providers, and other workforce development entities. Provides an overview and analysis of recent and projected job openings within the region, state, and nation that relate to the career cluster or program of study, as well as related training programs in the area. Also identifies relevant focus occupations and focus programs. Includes a labor market outlook summary and an overview of completions in focus programs for the previous year (or most recent year available).
  • Job Outlook Summary (10-Year Period): Reports: forecasted job growth within the focus occupations and detailed information regarding average annual openings within the region, state, and nation - all shown for each focus occupation for the next 10 years, broken down into 5-year increments. Also shows recent median hourly earnings for each focus occupation.
  • Regional Job Outlook (10-Year Period): Reports total change in number of jobs, as well as new and replacement jobs - for each focus occupation over the next 10 years, broken down into 5-year increments. Also shows recent median hourly earnings for each focus occupation. Allows colleges and other workforce training programs to easily identify projected high-growth and high-wage occupations related to the career cluster / program.
  • State and National Job Outlook (10-Year Period): Reports projected total change in number of jobs, as well as new and replacement jobs - for each focus occupation over the next 10 years, shown in 5-year increments. Also shows recent median hourly earnings for both the state and nation for each focus occupation
  • Top Industries for Focus Occupations (10-Year Period): Details the 7 most likely industries (by total jobs) to employ workers within the focus occupations described in the report. Shows total jobs and jobs change in graphic and table formats. Reported for the next 10 years, broken down into 5-year increments.
  • Regional Graduations Summary: Lists the programs available to train workers for each focus occupation at both the subject university/college, as well as within the region as a whole. Provides the award level, as well as the number of completions for the previous year (or most recent year for which data is available).
  • Occupational Programs and Completers (10-year period): Shows: the focus occupations, the projected average number of annual openings for the next 10 years (broken down into 5-year periods), completions at the subject university/college, total completions within the region, the number of related programs, and the number of occupations that share the same program. Also breaks down each focus occupation into its own individual table, providing the number of completions at the subject university/college, the total completions within the region, and the number of occupations linked to related programs.

Customized regions can be created by zip code/s or county/ies in Alabama.

For more information on ECDI's economic data reports, please contact Amelia Stehouwer, ECDI Research and Communications Specialist, at hallame@auburn.edu or (334) 844-5394.


3. Regional Scan and Program Demand

The following information is included in this ECDI report:

  • Expanded Executive Summary: to increase the value and benefit of the report to Alabama communities / regions and economic and workforce development entities. Provides an overview of: regional demographic trends and forecasts, educational attainment and high school graduations, high-growth industries and critical occupations within high-growth industries, and high-growth occupations (across all industries). Also includes a summary of projected regional population changes.
  • Detailed Population Data: Presents graphs of national location quotients by age and graphs and data for regional population trends by age for the past 5 years, as well as graphs and data for regional population forecasts by age for the next 10 years (shown in 5-year increments). Also presents graphs of national location quotients by race/ethnicity and graphs and data for regional population trends by race/ethnicity for the past 5 years, as well as graphs and data for regional population forecasts by race/ethnicity for the next 10 years (shown in 5-year increments).
  • Educational Attainment: Includes: an educational attainment summary, comparison of educational attainment to the state and nation, and educational attainment data by race/ethnicity and gender.
  • Projected High School Graduates (10-year period): Shown by race/ethnicity and gender for the next 10 years, broken down into 5-year increments.
  • Regional Industry Summary: Includes a summary of: industries with the most jobs, high-growth industries, concentrated industries, competitive industries, and critical occupations in top high-growth industries.
  • Regional Industries: Detailed Data: An overview of regional industry sectors in comparison to the state as a whole - in terms of jobs, job growth, and recent earnings per worker. Projections shown for next 10 years (broken down into 5-year periods). Includes a graph of regional industries currently providing the most jobs (for most recent year available). Includes 10-year projections (shown in 5-year increments) for regional industries providing the most jobs and highest growth regional industries by new jobs (includes total projected jobs, projected job growth, and most recent earnings per worker). Includes projections of most concentrated regional industries for the next 10 years (shown in 5-year increments).
  • Most Competitive Regional Industries (10-year period):Includes graphs and tables showing: projected job change, industrial mix effect, national growth effect, expected change, competitive effect, and most recent earnings per worker for the most competitve regional industries - shown for next 10 years (in 5-year periods).
  • Critical Occupations in High-Growth Industries: Tables showing the highest-growth occupations within each of the highest-growth regional industries over a 10 or 15-year period. Provides a business-oriented view of the most in-demand jobs over the timeframe so that the demand-driven college or workforce development / training program can seek to align its offerings accordingly. Many jobs found here, especially with an education level of “short-term or moderate-term on-the-job training”, are likely to be good candidates for industry-oriented continuing education programs. Shows projected job change, most recent hourly earnings, and education level for each occupation.
  • Regional Occupations: Detailed Data: Includes summary and detailed data for occupation groups providing the most jobs, specific occupations providing the most jobs, high-growth occupations, and occupations with the most total openings. Projections are shown for both the region and state for the next 10 years (in 5-year increments). Projections include total and new jobs, as well as total job openings (new+replacement jobs). Also shows recent median hourly earnings. Education level is also presented for top-ranked occupations.
  • Occupation Demand and Program Comparison: This section compares regional occupations with the most annual openings to completions in all related programs within the region (from the previous year or most recent year for which data is available), with the goal of indicating where community colleges, career and technical education providers, and other workforce development entities within the region might look to increase their capacity and target their training programs. Provides a summary listing of high-demand occupations and related program completions, including: occupation, average annual openings for the next 10 years (shown in 5-year periods), recent hourly earnings, and total completions. Followed by detailed tables showing annual openings for the next 10 years (shown in 5-year periods) and listing all related programs and total completions for each high-demand occupation.

Customized regions can be created by zip code/s or county/ies in Alabama.

For more information on ECDI's economic data reports, please contact Amelia Stehouwer, ECDI Research and Communications Specialist, at hallame@auburn.edu or (334) 844-5394.

Last Updated: October 31, 2012

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