Labor Market Workforce Report

Investments in workforce systems have garnered continued emphasis from federal, state, and local leaders as critical to the long-term success and viability of local and regional economies, specifically those that have recovered more slowly following the Great Recession of 2008 and, more recently, the Covid-19 pandemic. While much of the nation rebounded and surpassed record-level wage and employment gains, research has shown the Delta Region continues to lag behind much of the country in the primary indicators of economic progress such as unemployment, workforce participation, and wage growth.

The purpose of this research expands the existing knowledge base around workforce conditions in the Delta Region and support the development of comprehensive economic development strategies to better inform future workforce initiatives, investment programs, and related economic development activities.