- Workforce Longitudinal Data System (WLDS)
In 2012, Michigan was awarded $1 million in U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration funds to create a connection between workforce data and Michigan’s existing educational State Longitudinal Data System. The resulting Workforce Longitudinal Data System (WLDS) allowed Michigan to connect and evaluate educational and workforce data.
Michigan’s Talent Investment Agency received its second Workforce Data Quality Initiative grant award in 2015 allowing the addition of new partner agencies and their data to the existing educational, wage and workforce information to provide longitudinal results on a larger population for our stakeholders.
The Workforce Longitudinal Data System partners with the Michigan Department of Education, Center for Educational Performance and Information, the Department of Technology, Management and Budget’s Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, and Unemployment Insurance to merge data from separate systems to allow outcome analysis. The system provides essential data to Michigan’s stakeholders, including students/parents, teachers, legislators, workforce and education policymakers, taxpayers and employers.> MORE
Related WLDS Information
- Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI)
Manages the State’s centralized education repository of pre-K to post-secondary institutions, and provides data analysis.
- Labor Market Information
The official source for high quality demographic and labor market information for the State of Michigan and its regions.
- Michigan Training Connect
The State’s official training provider list for individuals qualifying for an Individual Training Account (ITA) under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Visitors are able to choose between different methods of researching providers and programs.
Michigan's New Career Exploration Tool
- Workforce Data Quality Campaign (WDQC)
Compiles a State Blueprint to track progress in state data systems.
- Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI)
Details the federal workforce longitudinal grants and the participating states.
This video, created by the Virginia Longitudinal Data System, describes the process of ensuring the highest levels of confidentiality. Michigan’s WLDS utilizes similar techniques for maintaining data privacy.
This video describes why many states are aggregating large sets of workforce and educational data, and building tools to help program staff, administrators, and policymakers analyze important patterns and trends.