This press release was originally authored by the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) and released on Tuesday, September 28, 2021.

WASHINGTON – The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) announced the launch of the National Labor Exchange Research Hub, giving labor market researchers a trusted and transparent source of job vacancy data.

U.S. National Labor Exchange (USNLx) Powered by DirectEmployers Association and NASWAThe Research Hub is the result of an earlier Data Trust Agreement between NASWA and DirectEmployers Association to share labor market data with state workforce agencies, researchers, policymakers, job seekers and employers. Approved data users can now access the millions of real-time and historical job postings collected through the National Labor Exchange (NLx), using new data access points and technical background documents.

The NLx Research Hub intends to make real-time job vacancy information a public utility for the first time, broadening opportunities for research, analytics and product development. Several state workforce agencies will pilot integrations between the NLx job posting data and traditional labor market information sources. All NASWA member agencies will each receive one no-cost data access credential.

“The real-time labor market information available through the NLx Research Hub will help jobseekers and learners plan their careers, support employers’ recruitment activities and inform state workforce development investments,” said Scott B. Sanders, NASWA President and CEO. “We’re excited to explore research insights and opportunities while providing valuable job opening data back to the public workforce system.”

Scholarly researchers from around the world will also be able to request data access for projects that align with the NLx Research Hub goals of increasing actionable labor market information and enhancing the infrastructure to support cross-sector research. Data users will be encouraged to share open-source code on the NLx GitHub and feature their research products in the Hub’s community page. Future enhancements will include public dashboards and data visualizations.

The development of the NLx Research Hub was made possible through the National Science Foundation’s Convergence Accelerator program.

For more information on the NLx Research Hub, visit

About the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA)
NASWA is the national organization representing all 50 state workforce agencies, D.C. and U.S.
territories. These agencies deliver training, employment, career and business services, in addition to administering the unemployment insurance, veteran reemployment and labor market information programs. NASWA provides policy expertise, shares promising state practices, and promotes state innovation and leadership in workforce development

About the National Labor Exchange (NLx)
The NLx collects and distributes job openings found on corporate career sites and state job banks or labor exchanges and has been a vital
resource to state workforce agencies and the broader public workforce system since 2007.

About DirectEmployers Association
DirectEmployers is the forefront leader in OFCCP compliance, with roots extending far into online recruitment. Situated in Indianapolis, Indiana, since 2001, DirectEmployers has continued to grow and expand over the years and currently has over 900 employer Members from the Fortune 2000. Each of these global employers look to the Association for advice, guidance, and support for all things related to OFCCP compliance (U.S.- based employers), recruitment marketing, affirmative action development and planning, and most recently, custom application and software development.

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