Videos & Tips

Up-to-date and clear data is an essential resource for local governments and economic developers to keep pace with change. This data portal provides information on several strategic categories that help users make data-informed decisions.

Below you will find a series of instructional videos, as well as tips on how to quickly obtain the data you are interested in.

Lesson 1: Navigating & Downloading Data

Topic: Small Business

  • Tip #1: You can change the Start Year and Region by clicking on the year and region. A drop-down menu will emerge and you can customize as you wish.
  • Tip #2: Make sure you know the definitions of the specified regions. Go to the Interactive Data Homepage to find Region Definitions.
  • Tip #3: Use the search bar when looking for a specific industry.

Downloading Data

If you are interested in having the data behind some of the snapshot graphs, you can download these as follows:

  1. Click any year or data point in the graph of your interest.
  2. Click icon at the bottom of the table. Choose Crosstab.
  3. The data will download to your device as an Excel file.

If you are interested in having the full dataset on your topic of interest, you can download this as follows:

  1. Click the Data Table tab at the top of the screen.
  2. Click any Number in the table. Do not click the labels on the left-hand side.
  3. Click icon at the bottom of the table. Choose Crosstab.
  4. The data will download to your device as an Excel file.

Lesson 2: Navigating, Comparing Regions & Creating a PDF

Topic: Target Clusters

Downloading a PDF

If you are interested in having an overview downloaded as a PDF, for printing or electronic view, you can download it as follows:

  1. Navigate to the page you want in PDF format.
  2. Click icon at the bottom of the table. Choose PDF and Create PDF.
  3. The data will download to your device as a PDF file.

Lesson 3: Navigating the Data Explorer

Topic: Career Pathways

Career Pathways

  • Career Pathways show linked education and training services that create economic stability and mobility that support workers’ transitions into and through the workforce [1].
  • For more specific, locally based occupational demand matched with locally available degree and certificate programs, visit Centralina Career Headlight.

Other Metrics to Explore

Occupation Cluster Resident Workers
Presents data in terms of where workers live, rather than where they work. In other words, this data demonstrates the number of workers per occupation living in the area of interest. This helps employers best position around the talent they need.

Occupation Cluster Employment
Presents data on and forecasts employment in a number of occupations, in the location of your interest.

Degree Cluster Completions
Presents the number of degrees completed in the county or region of interest, at different degree levels and clusters.

[1] Center for Law and Social Policy. (2019). Career Pathways.

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