Workforce development data sharing must ‘adapt or die’

(The Center Square) — State agencies across the commonwealth gather data on jobs, employment, and the economy — but they struggle to share it, hamstringing how useful it is.

Legislators have taken notice and are looking to compel some digital cooperation.

Senate Bill 761, introduced by Sen. Camera Bartolotta, R-Washington, would require the Department of Labor & Industry to share information about workers, unemployment, and economic trends with local workforce development boards. The boards would then use the information to develop local plans and Labor & Industry would offer technical assistance on how to use the data.

“As things modernize and technology moves forward, things happen at a much, much quicker pace,” Bartolotta said. “The demand for instant data is so great — and wasn’t really so pressing before apparently — but it’s well past time that we step up and make this data available so it can change, not
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