Research Topics

U.S. Labor Market & Industry

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJLWD) maintains a Workforce Longitudinal Data System (WLDS). For over 10 years, NJLWD has contracted with the Heldrich Center to maintain the current WLDS. In 2012, NJLWD was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor under the Workforce Data Quality Initiative (federal WDQI) to support the expansion of the WLDS. To support NJLWD and State of New Jersey efforts, the Heldrich Center is currently working with NJLWD to obtain state administrative data files for WLDS and to manage the data in WLDS to support data analyses.

The project provides a framework for understanding labor market alignment efforts across postsecondary education, providing a common language and key insights for practitioners, policymakers, and researchers to develop better policies and practices. Further, this project assesses what is known based on current research and practice on LMA to provide guidance on moving from policy to action, as well as charting out priorities to future research to guide ongoing LMA efforts.

The Heldrich Center is examining the role of labor market outcomes data in students' decision making about majors and careers. Through survey experiments, the research examines the effects of how these data are presented and how these effects vary by student characteristics.

The Heldrich Center, in partnership with the Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University, is conducting a study to understand the workforce composition of the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) and to identify best practices in recruiting and retaining females and underrepresented minorities in key professional positions. To do this, the research team is conducting a thorough literature review to identify best practices within and outside of the transportation industry.

The Heldrich Center is leading a multi-partner effort to develop a national Transit Virtual Career Network funded with a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Innovative Transit Workforce Development Program.