The Fourth of July celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 which declared the United States as independent from the British Empire. Of course 240 years has brought about dramatic change in the lives of the citizens of this great nation, namely the change in America’s job landscape. In order to navigate this new landscape that is undergoing constant change now and in the future
one effective tool we can use is labor market information. If you are looking for work or a career change, it is important to understand the labor market in order to make informed decisions about your short and long term career goals.
Labor market information (LMI) is data produced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and distributed by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Under the TWC umbrella, The Houston area Workforce Solutions provides labor market information that is specific to the 13 counties surrounding the Houston area. The data can be retrieved in person by visiting your nearest neighborhood-friendly Workforce Solutions office, or by visiting our website, www.wrksolutions.com.
If you chose to visit Workforce Solutions personally, it can be a rewarding experience. In fact, I challenge you to take the first step by visiting one of our offices to take advantage of useful resources that are available. LMI is provided free of charge and the staff can provide assistance or individual consultation to help you direct your career path as well as capitalize on opportunities revealed through the information provided.
Of course that same information provided at our office is also available online by visiting the Workforce Solutions website. The meat and potatoes of labor market information can be found on our website by following the instructions below:
- Access Workforce Solutions website
- On the home page, you can access the “search” option by clicking on the magnifying glass icon on the top-right side of the screen
- In the search box that appears, type in “labor market information” and press the “enter” key on your keyboard
- On the screen that follows, select “Labor Market Information – Workforce Solutions” which should be the first selection, or link.
Each link provides extensive labor market information for 13 counties in and around the Houston-Galveston area. Typically, the occupations located on this page are referred to as “High Skill High Growth” occupations in the 13-county region. These occupations have the following characteristics:
- High current demand.
- Forecasted future growth.
- Higher than average salary.
I encourage you to take advantage of the tools provided for an effective career search. Knowing information about the labor market is vital to any job search campaign.
Today I hope that I’ve helped to increase your knowledge of job searching by showing you the importance of labor market information. Workforce Solutions has several tools available to help you analyze and apply labor market information in order to make well informed decisions. And as we celebrate the Fourth of July, we are reminded that freedom allows you to make independent choices, as well as the opportunity or liberty to benefit from resources available at Workforce Solutions.
Daniel Mabry is a member of the Workforce Solutions Regional Navigator team in the Houston-Galveston region. After serving in the United States Marine Corps for over 9 years, he connected with Workforce Solutions for career guidance and ended up becoming an employee. This position allows him to utilize his training and personal experience to help people experiencing homelessness.