Welcome to the State Initiative

This initiative helps states utilize data more effectively to inform policy and planning and support decisions about education and careers. Higher education faces growing pressure to demonstrate the labor market value of postsecondary programs and credentials. To support these efforts, we are working with states and higher education systems to set educational attainment goals, increase transparency about labor market outcomes, and improve alignment between education and the economy.

Our researchers analyze state-based administrative data; national datasets, such as the American Community Survey; and new sources of labor market data, such as Internet job postings collected by private research firms. To learn more about our current and past work with states, please explore the interactive map and featured items on this page.

Explore our new reports!

Our latest reports feature an analysis of the economic value of college degrees in Pennsylvania and projections for Iowa’s workforce in 2025 . Degrees of Value: College Majors and the Pennsylvania State System’s Contribution to the Workforce focuses on Pennsylvania’s 14-university State System, which serves more than 100,000 students, and shows a 10-percent increase in the number of Bachelor’s degrees awarded between 2009 and 2014. The analysis also illustrates the distribution of degrees by field of study and their respective earnings.

Iowa: Education and Workforce Trends through 2025 was released in collaboration with the Branstad-Reynolds Administration and projects that by 2025, Iowa will generate 612,000 job openings in its economy, including replacement jobs due to retirement. The report also finds that 68 percent of all jobs are expected to require postsecondary education and training beyond high school, which positions Iowa 18th among the states and 3 percentage points above the national average.