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Kentucky launches first interactive workforce dashboard

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Monday launched the state’s first interactive workforce dashboard in partnership with the Kentucky Center for Statistics and Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board.

The Local Workforce Development Area (LWDA) Dashboard is an interactive tool designed to display near real-time workforce information for Kentucky’s 10 LWDAs. The dashboard features an interactive map that illustrates LWDA performance and rankings establishing a foundation for understanding strengths as well as challenges facing LWDAs throughout the commonwealth.

“Creation of Kentucky’s first interactive workforce dashboard is a critical component in our ongoing efforts to enhance the state’s workforce,” said Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey. “By providing increased transparency and accountability of workforce outcomes, this dashboard affords the state the opportunity to more effectively collaborate with local workforce areas to allot the necessary resources, education and training to build a highly skilled, highly trained workforce.”

The dashboard illustrates LWDA performance throughout the state and displays Kentucky’s average on a series of metrics, including:

  • Top Level Measures: Workforce participation rate, job openings, unemployment rate, and WIOA funding.
  • Employer Metrics: Penetration rate, repeat customer rate, and employers offering apprenticeships.
  • Customer Metrics: Credentials, obtained employment, and apprentices.
  • UI Metrics: UI duration, UI exhaustion rate, and percent of potential UA claimants receiving first payment.
  • Adult Education Metrics: Percent of working age adults without a high school diploma, adults enrolled in SKILLS U without a high school diploma, and high school equivalent (HSE) graduates.
  • Funding Measures: A breakdown of workforce related funding by local workforce area.

Data collected by the dashboard provides a snapshot of the state’s workforce statistics allowing stakeholders to create a strategy for the disbursement of workforce development resources throughout the Commonwealth. In addition, the dashboard complements the quarterly and annual performance measures that the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education require state workforce agencies to submit.

“Our KYSTATS team worked closely with cabinet leadership and local workforce area partners to provide a user-friendly tool that local workforce areas can use to inform the impact of services in their area,” said Jessica Cunningham, Interim Executive Director.

Information collected from the dashboard provides a roadmap for how employers, partners, and local workforce development boards can effectively align resources to connect individuals seeking employment with open jobs and training opportunities. EWDC will continue to use data from the federal performance measures, as well as the interactive dashboard, to implement strategic policies to enhance Kentucky’s workforce system.

“I like these metrics. They will unify our collective efforts around common statewide workforce goals and most importantly provide us all with a means of measuring progress,” said Jeff Whitehead, Executive Director of the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP), Inc.

Phase Two of the Local Workforce Dashboard will be implemented in the fall of 2019. The second phase will include additional metrics and data relating to the job placement rates, time to earnings, and costs per customer served.

Information retrieved from the dashboard is publicly available via the EWDC and KYSTATS websites. Click here for a brief video tutorial on how the dashboard works.