Work­force devel­op­ment data shar­ing must ‘adapt or die’

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 t …