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Guides for Using Labor Market Information

Recently, the number of data sources for labor market information (LMI) has grown considerably, making it difficult to know which are best suited to the questions most often asked by community colleges. Check out these two new guides that help demystify labor market data:

Information Technology Technician Pathway: Labor Market Analysis

The Centers of Excellence for Labor Market Research (COE) in partnership with the ICT-Digital Media Sector of the Doing what Matters Initiative is pleased to announce the release of a new labor market report that compliments and supports the IT Technician Pathway developed by the California Community Colleges’ ICT/DM Sector Navigator, Steve Wright. Read the report+

Healthcare Occupations in California

In partnership with the Health Workforce Initiative (HWI) and the California Hospital Association (CHA), the Centers of Excellence (COE) conducted a study of healthcare occupations in seven regions across California. The study included a survey of ambulatory care and nursing/residential care facilities, and an additional survey of hospitals within CHA membership. More+

"The Centers of Excellence are a key resource to our members in understanding how industry workforce needs impact local economic development."

Wayne Schell
Ca. Association for Local Economic Development (CALED)

Solar Energy

Providing data-driven information

Solar Industry Study

In 2011, the Centers of Excellence conducted a statewide survey of solar energy firms throughout California. The objectives of this study were to identify the workforce trends and challenges across the solar supply chain - manufacturing, wholesale and distribution, and installation.

Energy Forum and Smart Grid Summit


Greater Sacramento Region

Renewable Energy Occupations

In 2009, the San Diego-Imperial Center of Excellence conducted a survey of solar, wind, geothermal, and other renewable energy employers in San Diego and Imperial counties. Learn what these employers had to say about the future of renewable energy industries and occupations in the region.

Renewable Energy Occupations (pdf) This 4-page document highlights the key findings from the San Diego-Imperial renewable energy employer survey.

2008 Solar Reports

In 2008, the Centers of Excellence conducted a survey of solar energy firms throughout California.


Greater Sacramento area

Bay Region

Southern California

Los Angeles

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