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BLS Publishes “Work Experience of the Population – 2012”
A total of 156.2 million persons worked at some point during 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on December 11, 2013. The proportion of the civilian noninstitutional population age 16 and over who worked at some time during 2012 was 63.8 percent, up from 63.3 percent in 2011. The number of persons who experienced some unemployment during 2012 decreased by 1.3 million to 22.4 million.
These data are based on information collected in the Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) to the Current Population Survey (CPS). The CPS is a monthly survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ASEC collects information on employment and unemployment experienced during the prior calendar year.
Work Experience Technical Note
Table 1. Work experience of the population during the year by sex and extent of employment, 2011-12
Table 2. Work experience of the population during the year by race, Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, and sex, 2011-12
Table 3. Extent of unemployment during the year by sex, 2011-12
Table 4. Extent of unemployment during the year by race, Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, and sex, 2011-12
Department of Education Seeks Comments on Proposed Extension of Information Collection in Support of 'Measuring Educational Gain in the National Reporting System for Adult Education'
Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations part 462 establishes procedures the Secretary of Education uses to consider literacy tests for use in the National Reporting System (NRS) for adult education. This information is used by the Secretary to determine the suitability of published literacy tests to measure and report educational gain under the NRS.
The Department of Education published a December 10, 2013 FEDERAL REGISTER notice requesting public comments on the proposed extension of the data collection in support of “Measuring Educational Gain in the National Reporting System for Adult Education.” Comments are due by February 10, 2014.
CNCS Extends Submission Date for FY 2014 AmeriCorps Competition
In its FY 2014 AmeriCorps competition, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in economic opportunity, education, veterans and military families, disaster services, and the Governor and Mayor Initiative. CNCS will continue to focus on national service programs that improve academic outcomes for children, youth, and young adults. This focus reflects the extensive experience and past success of national service programs in education, and aligns with the efforts of the Department of Education. In addition, CNCS seeks to increase its investment in programs that serve veterans and military families or engage veterans and military families in service. CNCS will also focus investment in programs that increase community resiliency through disaster preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation. CNCS will focus investment in programs that increase economic opportunities for communities and AmeriCorps members.
Finally, CNCS will focus on summer programming for K-12 students, especially those programs that address the academic “summer slide.” Proposed activities will engage youth and young adults as summer members to help support summer reading, math, science, and environmental learning activities for youth in rural and urban areas most likely at risk of summer learning loss.
On grants.gov, CNCS has posted a December 10 advisory that the deadline for applications to the 2014 NOFO has been extended. The required email of Intent to Apply will not change. Applications are due Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. CNCS expects that successful applicants will be notified no later than May 2, 2014, contingent on timely full year appropriations.
Census Bureau Releases OnTheMap Version 6.2 and Version 3.2.3 of OnTheMap for Emergency Management
OnTheMap is supported by the state partners under the Local Employment Dynamics partnership with the Census Bureau as well as the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor.
The U.S. Census Bureau released Version 6.2 of the OnTheMap application last week. This release includes redesigned Composite PDF reports with improved graphics and layout; changes to the OnTheMap base map and color schemes for improved readability; as well as the setting of bar charts as the default chart type for Area Profile, Destination, and Paired Area analyses. Additionally, minor bug fixes were implemented.
Version 3.2.3 of OnTheMap for Emergency Management was also released today. This maintenance release corrects a number of minor bugs.
OnTheMap for Emergency Management can be accessed directly at http://onthemap.ces.census.gov/em.html.
Comments should be sent to CES.OnTheMap.Feedback@census.gov.
Sector Strategies: Inaugural American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Summit
The Council on Competitiveness (Council) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) co-hosted the inaugural AEMC Summit at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. on December 12. The Summit is part of the multi-year American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Partnership between the Council and EERE.
The AEMC Summit represented a first-of-its-kind, annual gathering of preeminent leaders from industry, government, academia, labor, and the national laboratories to focus on an action agenda to increase U.S. competitiveness in the production of next-generation, clean energy products, and U.S. manufacturing competitiveness across the board.
As part of the Summit, Secretary Moniz announced the selectees to receive $150 million remaining in Qualifying Advanced Energy Project Credits (section 48C of the Internal Revenue Code), which originally provided a 30 percent investment tax credit to 183 domestic clean energy manufacturers valued at $2.3 billion. This tax credit will help build a robust U.S. manufacturing capacity to supply clean energy projects with American made parts and equipment. Read more here.
The AEMC Summit also included the release of the Council report Amplify, a concerted call to action for the nation to build on this distinctive time in its energy history – when the natural gas revolution has created unprecedented energy strength; and when, at the same time, a wide array of clean energy technologies are within five to ten years of being directly cost competitive without subsidies.
Amplify provides an overview of the 2013 AEMC Partnership progressive dialogue series – and presents to EERE a set of recommended public-private partnership concepts to build on these opportunities.
Over the course of 2013, the Council and EERE have worked with stakeholder networks to generate potential public-private partnership concepts and proposals to advance the goal of the AEMC Partnership. Amplify outlines two partnership models, honed by the intensive dialogues, conversations, interviews and research carried out by EERE and the Council to increase the competitive production of clean energy products, energy efficiency products, and advanced manufacturing in the United States.
As part of the AEMC Summit, participants interacted with exhibitors from U.S.-based manufacturers at the cutting edge of globally competitive, advanced manufacturing; the exhibits included live demonstrations with John Deere’s “Baxter the Robot,” Google Glass, and opportunities to watch a commercial-scale 3-D printer build parts in the exhibit area.
This inaugural AEMC Summit begins a series of annual events that will continue to highlight advances in energy and manufacturing and convene pre-eminent leaders from industry, academia, labor, the national laboratories and the government. The AEMC Partnership and Summit will be supported by continued dialogue and engagement.
NASWA Participates in the National Governors Association Veteran Licensing and Certification Academy
The National Association of State Workforce Agencies provides this look at this recent event in the Frances Perkins Building:
The National Governors Association (NGA) hosted the NGA Veterans’ Licensing and Certification Demonstration Policy Academy this week at the U.S. Department of Labor. Six States (Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada, Virginia and Wisconsin) were selected to participate in the Academy to assist states in easing veterans’ transition from military service to civilian life and meaningful employment. Each state is developing a plan to help service members leaving the military to gain the necessary civilian credentials in three occupations selected from a list of five occupations – truck drivers, police officers, EMTs/paramedics, licensed practical nurses, plus one other health care occupation.
NASWA Deputy Executive Director Bob Simoneau participated in the Academy and presented during closing plenary panel, “Transitioning into Education and the Workforce: Key Challenges and Available Supports.” He provided information regarding NASWA, services offered by the state workforce agencies and through the American Job Centers, and listed resources and linkages that should be useful in assisting the state teams in developing and fulfilling their plans. He focused on services provided by the Disabled Veteran Outreach staff and the Local Veterans Employment Representatives. The teams representing Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, and Wisconsin included staff members of the State Workforce Agencies, who all but Wisconsin are members of the NASWA Veterans Affairs Committee. Mr. Simoneau described the services, resources and tools available through the National Labor Exchange, especially for veterans and employers seeking to hire veterans.
Financial Stability and Asset Formation: December 17 Webinar to Discuss Findings from “Behavioral Economics Technical Assistance” Project
The Behavioral Economics Technical Assistance (BETA) project is a partnership between CFED and ideas42 with key support from the Citi Foundation. The goal of the Project is to use behavioral economics theory to improve the effectiveness and reach of products and services that help people increase their financial stability.
The project accomplishes this by designing and testing behavioral interventions through real world products, processes and services, and then sharing the lessons and insights from these efforts with the assets field in highly accessible ways that help drive improvements in practice and policy. The BETA Project will tackle a range of issues, but at the core of the project will be the work with the pilot organizations to design and implement manageable, low-cost program adjustments based on well-documented behavioral theory and findings from behavioral economic and psychology research. The BETA Project delivers impact through quick, powerful innovations adapted within the existing framework of a given behavioral problem.
On December 17 at 3:00 p.m. (EST), CFED, ideas42 and the Citi Foundation will discuss findings from this year-long project. During the webinar, speakers will report on the research conducted at BETA Project partner sites, explore the implications of applying insights from behavioral economics to asset-building program design and provide helpful tips on how to incorporate the behavioral perspective into organizations. More information on the project is available here. Advanced registration is required for the event and space is limited. Click here to sign up.
If you have any questions, please contact Pamela Chan, Senior Research Manager, at email@example.com.
Partner Agencies Announce Launch of New E3 (Economy – Energy – Environment) Website
To compete in today's global marketplace, manufacturers need to be smart, innovative, and sustainable. E3 is a technical assistance framework helping communities, manufacturers, and manufacturing supply chains adapt and thrive in today's green economy. Together, E3 and E3's Green Suppliers Network are strengthening manufacturing in the United States.
The many Federal partners, including ETA and OSHA, are now pleased to announce the launch of the redesigned and updated E3 website that provides the latest on E3 and E3's Green Suppliers Network. Menu items include:
|How-to Guides||Success Story Search||E3 on the Ground Map||Results|
Gainful Employment: Department of Education Announces Additional Meeting of Negotiated Rulemaking Committee
On June 12, 2013, The Department of Education announced its intention to establish a negotiated rulemaking committee to prepare proposed regulations to establish standards for programs that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. The Department also announced the schedule for two sessions of committee meetings. Through a notice in today’s FEDERAL REGISTER, the Department has announced the addition of a third session consisting of a one-day committee meeting.
This third meeting will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m on December 13. The meeting will be held at the U.S. Department of Education at: 1990 K Street NW., Eighth Floor Conference Center, Washington, DC 20006. More …
NFWS and JFF Seek Nominations for “CareerSTAT Frontline Health Care Worker Champions”; Program Designed to Recognize Employers Investing in Skills and Career Development of Frontline Workers
The National Fund for Workforce Solutions (National Fund) and Jobs for the Future have announced a call for nominations for their “CareerSTAT Frontline Health Care Worker Champions.” This is a new annual recognition program to highlight the efforts of healthcare employers that provide substantial workforce development opportunities for their frontline staff. Nominations are due Friday, January 31, 2014, and award recipients will be announced in March 2014.
CareerSTAT is a national collaboration of healthcare leaders who promote employer investment in the skill and career development of frontline healthcare workers (those performing jobs requiring less than an associate degree). With such investments, frontline workers can gain access to career opportunities and advancement, and employers benefit through a stronger pipeline of individuals to fill positions, lower staff turnover, reduced recruitment costs, and improved quality patient care. CareerSTAT is led by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and its implementation and operational partner, Jobs for the Future.
Recognition will be given in two categories:
- Frontline Worker Champions: This highest award recognizes national leaders investing in the skill and career development of employees. They will meet all of CareerSTAT’s criteria for making skill and career development accessible to employees, including offering programs at a significant scale, measuring program impact, and building sustainable programs.
- Emerging Frontline Worker Champions: This award recognizes employers who are in the earlier stages of making investments in the skill and career development of their employees. They meet some, but not all, of CareerSTAT’s recognition criteria.
Employers are encouraged to nominate themselves for recognition. Nomination forms with submission instructions can be accessed at www.nfwsolutions.org/initiatives/careerstat and must be received by Friday, January 31, 2014. There is no cost to participate and programs must have been operational for at least two years. Award recipients will be formally recognized by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and on the CareerSTAT website.
Interested nominees are invited to participate in a webinar hosted by Jan Hunter, CareerSTAT director, and members of the CareerSTAT executive committee on Monday, December 9, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. EST and Monday, January 20, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. EST. To register for a webinar session, and for questions about the awards recognition program, email Jan Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Small Business Administration Seeks Comment on Strategic Plan (FY 2014 – 2018); New Strategic Objectives Added on Exports and Supply Chains
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking public comment on its draft Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2014-2018. The draft plan is available on SBA’s website at http://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba_performance/strategic_planning. Comments should be submitted by December 13, 2013 email@example.com.
This Strategic Plan “provides a framework that will strengthen, streamline, and simplify SBA’s programs while leveraging partnerships across the government and private sector to maximize the tools small business owners and entrepreneurs need to strengthen our economy, drive American innovation, and increase our global competitiveness. The SBA will have three overarching goals for the next five years: (1) Grow businesses and create jobs; (2) Serve as the voice for small business; and, (3) Build an Agency that meets the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s small businesses. Each goal contains objectives which are directly tied to performance both at the individual level and Agency-wide.”
SBA notes that the FY2014-2018 Strategic Plan contains only slight modifications to the existing FY2011-2016 Strategic Plan. This draft document chiefly refines the language of existing strategic objectives and strategies while adding two new strategic objectives concerning exports and supply chains, respectively.
Click here for the November 29, 2013 FEDERAL REGISTER notice.
Adult Education: The Potential and Use of Digital Badges for Adult Learners (December 3 – 9 Online Public Discussion)
The Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education passes along this advisory for the workforce community:
On December 3 through 9, 2013, the LINCS Community, an interactive online social learning space for adult educators, will provide an online public discussion through the Technology and Learning Community of the newly released draft report The Potential and Value of Using Digital Badges for Adult Learners. The report was written by Jonathan Finkelstein at Credly, Erin Knight at Mozilla Foundation, and Susan Manning at the University of Wisconsin, under contract to the American Institutes of Research and with funding from OVAE.
Please join the discussion or visit the LINCS site for more information.
Census Bureau Announces New Mobile App (Dwellr) Providing Access to American Community Survey Data; Department of Education Announces Release of 'Mapping the Nation"
America has always been a nation on the move. Whether you are looking for a career change or a new neighborhood to call home, life decisions affect each of us every day. With roughly half of Americans now owning smartphones, everyone should be able to access the wealth of statistics the Census Bureau collects to make informed decisions on the go, whether at home or on the road. What good are data if nobody but the experts can easily access them? The Census Bureau uses 21st century technology to meet its centuries-old mission, making the statistics that define our growing, changing nation more accessible to the public than ever before.
The Census Bureau’s new mobile app, dwellr, provides those on the go with immediate, personalized access to the latest demographic, socio-economic and housing statistics from the American Community Survey for neighborhoods across the nation. Using the level of importance you places on a location’s characteristics, the app generates a list of top 25 towns or cities most suitable for you. Once you have used the app, it saves your selections on your phone so you can see how they match up against each new place you visit.
Click here for today’s Census Bureau summary of this app. Note that Dwellr “allows Apple and Android smartphone users to explore a range of questions making it a powerful tool for homebuyers, members of the military being deployed domestically, real estate agents, new businesses and teachers helping students learn about their communities.
To kick off International Education Week 2013, the U.S. Department of Education cohosted the release of Mapping the Nation, an innovative online resource developed by Asia Society, Longview Foundation and SAS. Using an interactive map and infographics, Mapping the Nation shows how connected each state and county is to the rest of the world. With nearly one million data points related to economics, demographics and education, we can see how prepared our states and local communities are to operate effectively in an increasingly interconnected world.
A November 25 blog post provides more information on this resource.