Market changes can make once plentiful resources scarce. The recent retirement eligibility of Baby Boomer generation workers and the relatively small size of the follow-on Generation X workforce represents one example of a market change that is creating a shortage of experienced workers in many industries. While this change could be readily anticipated, others such as government sponsored large scale infrastructure projects which consume significant quantities of materials, heavy equipment, and personnel are less predictable. Thus, it is important for organizations to identify needed strategic resources and assess their market availability on an ongoing basis.
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Trade associations and industry groups are often a good source of refined information regarding resource availability. Many provide Congressional testimony and make other public presentations; making this valuable information publicly available. Remember, other industries competing for like resources may be supported by similar organizations providing a view on these resources also. Consider these data sources especially if no industry specific studies are available.
Absent this refined information, a wealth of raw data can be obtained from government sources such as:
- FedStats – www.FedStats.gov
- Bureau of Labor Statistics – www.BLS.gov
- US Census Bureau – www.Census.gov
- Bureau of Economic Analysis – www.BEA.gov
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