labor market information

Labor market data allows us to determine what jobs need to be filled, the skills required for those jobs, and the number of people completing programs that prepare them for those jobs. We calculate the gap between supply and demand to identify potential adjustments to education and training programs that would better meet demand. Here’s how we have embedded labor market information into our work.

We Began with Manufacturers

ConxusNEO collaborated with Team NEO in 2015 to support an inquiry led by manufacturers in the metal fabrication industry. That analysis demonstrated manufacturers would face a shortage of skilled workers based on the looming retirement of baby boomers and the dismal entrance of young people into manufacturing. This led quickly to the identification of areas for collective action to address immediate talent needs and strategies to build a talent pipeline, starting in Akron Public Schools.

Summit County Manufacturing 2015Manufacturing Career Pathway

We Identified High Demand Occupations in Manufacturing and IT

In February 2016, ConxusNEO released its first significant body of data to illustrate high demand occupations within the manufacturing and IT sectors. Utilizing Burning Glass Labor Insight provided by Shanahan Resources, Inc., career pathways could be outlined to highlight the most critical skills and competencies for each occupation, average starting salaries, and skills.

High Demand 2016

We Provided Data to Akron Public Schools to Determine Career Pathways

Beginning November 2016, ConxusNEO provided EMSI data to Akron Public Schools to support its process to select high demand, high wage career pathways for transitioning each high school into a college and career academy by 2019.

High Demand Forecast10 Year Projection

All Academy PathwaysPathway Example

We Looked at Occupations in Manufacturing and IT to Determine Where the Skills Gaps Exist

In July 2017, ConxusNEO coordinated with RITE and MAGNET skills gap research project to measure the gap between the supply of graduates from Northeast Ohio colleges and universities, and the number of in-demand, entry-level IT occupations in which recent college graduates qualified in IT and Manufacturing. By utilizing Burning Glass Labor Insight provided by Shanahan Resources,Inc. and insight gained from companies, ConxusNEO provided strategic guidance to the TechHire and Manufacturing networks to help them take collective action to develop strategies that will mobilize the community to address the demand for tech talent in Northeast Ohio. Funding support for this project was also provided by Stark State College, Lorain County Community College, and Cuyahoga County Community College.


IT Skills Gap – Executive Summary

IT Skills Gap – Full Report

Manufacturing Skills Gap