O*NET® Products at Work

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The Labor Market and Demographic Research arm of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development uses the O*NET database to support economic progress in their region. This office gathers data, creates models, and crunches numbers to support their labor and workforce development research. An example of the impact of this research is the Fort Monmouth Reuse and Redevelopment Plan. Fort Monmouth is an Army installation selected for closure by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC). The Department of Defense estimated that the closure would cost the area 9,737 jobs. Research was done to determine the skills, abilities, education, and training those jobs required. In conjunction with Occupational Employment Statistics (OES), the O*NET database provided the ability to quantify how much of each of these characteristics were available in the local workforce. The research benefited from the inclusion of importance, frequency, and level information in the O*NET database, allowing weighting to be applied to the model. The research made it possible to understand the dimensions of the workforce in the Fort Monmouth area and inform planners regarding what industries and occupations to attract.