23:73      Comprehensive labor market information system


A. (1) The council shall advise and direct on the development and content of a comprehensive labor market information system.  The information provided, to the extent practicable, shall reflect the state's overall training and education effort.  The system shall contain the following major components:


(a) A comprehensive system of consumer information on employment and training opportunities, continually updated and readily available in a user-friendly format.


(b) A report card or objective factual performance information about existing workforce development activities, continually updated and readily available in a user-friendly format.


(c) An information system on projected workforce growth and job growth and demand statewide and by geographic regions, periodically updated and readily available in a user-friendly format.


(d) An automated job-matching information system that is accessible to employers, job seekers, and other users via the Internet, and that includes at a minimum the following:


(i) Skill match information, including skill gap analysis;  resume creations;  job order creation;  skill tests;  job search by area, employer type, and employer name;  and training provider linkage.


(ii) Job market information based on surveys, including local, state, regional, national, and international occupational and job availability information.


(iii) Service provider information, including education and training providers, child care facilities and related information, health and social service agencies, and other providers of services that would be useful to job seekers.


(2) The council, in consultation with affected departments and offices, shall require modification of existing general purpose and program data systems to ensure that an appropriate workforce development component is included in the design, implementation, and reporting of such systems in order to fulfill the information requirements of this Part.


B. The council shall supervise and control the system.  It shall provide by rule for uniform definitions to be used in the system, for comparative information elements to be contained in the system, for procedures for record linkages, for elements of information required to be reported, for requirements on aggregation for data release, and for any other matter necessary to effectuate the provisions of this Part.


C. The council shall designate the commission as the agency to coordinate the development and implementation of the system and to maintain the system.  In the development and maintenance of the system, the commission may use existing data collection systems operated by it, and to the extent appropriate, establish electronic linkages to access data in the management information systems operated by other departments or offices of state government.  It shall be readily available for public access through a variety of media, including the Internet.


D. The system shall provide the council and commission with information relevant to policymaking and to provide other agencies and policymakers and citizens with information relevant to program management, administration, and effectiveness with respect to employment opportunities and training.  To accomplish such purpose, the system may have several application layers giving a different kind of user access to the same database.  Each application layer shall be tailored to the special needs and abilities of the category of persons to whom it was designed to provide information.


E. (1) All public officers, departments, agencies, offices, and authorities of the state and its political subdivisions shall provide such assistance and data as will enable such system to fulfill its purpose.


(2) The public entities whose data and assistance shall be considered necessary for the system to fulfill its purpose shall include the commission and the Departments of Economic Development, Education, Health and Hospitals, Public Safety and Corrections, Social Services, and Veterans Affairs, and in the governor's office, the Offices of Elderly Affairs, Lifelong Learning, Women's Services, and Workforce Development, and the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Board of Regents and any other public entity the commission deems necessary.

Added by Acts 1997, No. 1, § 1, eff. April 30, 1997.  Amended by Acts 2008, No. 743, § 2, eff. July 1, 2008.