University of Maryland

Job Quality Measures – Data Literacy & Evidence Building


January 23, 2024

The importance of creating good quality jobs has been highlighted in much recent legislation, including the  Chips and Science Act, the Inflation Reduction Act, and the InfrastructureInvestment and Jobs Act, as well as the renewal of existing legislation such as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.  Participants in a recent Executive Certificate class jointly offered by New York University and the University of Maryland expressed a strong interest in building a community of practice around developing operational measures using UI wage record data to inform associated policy implementations,

This webinar provides a set of lightning talks from experts from universities, think tanks and states that review current approaches, identify lessons learned, and sketches a possible future agenda.

12 – 12:10 Overview (Julia Lane)

12:10 – 12:20 Defining good jobs: What we know (Harry Holzer)

12:20 – 12:30 Discussion

12: 30 – 12:40 Good jobs at firms: Regional Innovation Engines (Bruce Weinberg)

12:40 – 12:50 Discussion

12:50 – 1:00  Job quality – cross state measures (Angie Tombari)

1:00 – 1:10 Discussion

1:10 – 1:20 State measures (Dana Brandt, RI)

1:20 – 1:30 Job quality measures from state participants: a synthesis (Julia Lane, NYU)

1:30 -1:40 Discussion

1:40 – 1:50 Possible next steps (Yvette Chocolaad, NASWA and Jason Owen-Smith, U Michigan)



Julia Lane

Professor, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School, New York University