Using Data to Connect TANF Clients to Good Jobs: An Opportunity to Foster WIOA Partnerships

OPRE Report #2015-109
Publisher: Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Dec 30, 2015
Kristen Joyce, Alix Gould-Werth, MIchelle Derr, Elias Sanchez-Eppler, Carrie Clowney, and Lily Roberts

In each section of this report, we provide different information about LMI. In Section II, we provide a definition of LMI and describe some of the major types of LMI. Section III describes the tools and services informed by LMI that can be used to benefit TANF clients, and Section IV offers concrete suggestions for building TANF-labor agency partnerships. The conclusion summarizes challenges and benefits associated with using LMI.

Labor market information (LMI) can be used to improve Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) agencies’ ability to match clients to in-demand jobs requiring levels of education and training that TANF clients can achieve. LMI data provide information about good jobs available locally and the training and education requirements for those jobs. This report aims to provide TANF practitioners with basic information about LMI—including what LMI is, what it can be used for, who produces LMI data, and key distinctions between types of LMI—to help them identify opportunities in which LMI can support their work and be useful to TANF clients.