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Labor and Economic Opportunity
  • Workforce Longitudinal Data System (WLDS)

    In 2012, Michigan was awarded U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration funds to create a connection between workforce data and Michigan’s existing educational State Longitudinal Data System. The resulting Workforce Longitudinal Data System (WLDS) allowed Michigan to connect and evaluate educational and workforce data. Michigan’s Talent Investment Agency received a second grant award in 2015 which added partner agencies and their data to provide longitudinal results for a larger population for our stakeholders.

    The WLDS partners with the Michigan Department of Education, Center for Educational Performance and Information, the Department of Technology, Management and Budget’s Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, and Unemployment Insurance to merge information from separate systems to provide essential aggregate data to Michigan’s stakeholders, including students/parents, teachers, legislators, workforce and education policymakers, taxpayers and employers.

    The linkage of database records allows analysis of the relationship between education and training programs, the provision of employment services, and employment within Michigan. The enhanced data can be used to make informed decisions about training and education, policy, and programming to improve our return on investment.

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Other Resources

  • Workforce Longitudinal Data System (WLDS) Program Overview PDF icon
  • What About Privacy?

    This video, created by the Virginia Longitudinal Data System, describes the process of ensuring the highest levels of confidentiality. Michigan’s WLDS utilizes similar techniques for maintaining data privacy.

  • The Power of Longitudinal Data Systems: Connecting Data Across Programs and Over Time

    This video describes why many states are aggregating large sets of workforce and educational data, and building tools to help program staff, administrators, and policymakers analyze important patterns and trends.