May 26, 2022

A New State Legislation Tracking Databases From NCSL: “Occupational Licensing”

A new resources from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

1. Occupational Licensing Legislation Database

This database contains legislation from all 50 states covering 34 distinct occupations that have been identified based on the following criteria:

  • Each must be licensed in at least 30 states.
  • Each much require less than a bachelor’s degree in most states.
  • The projected employment growth rate for the occupation must be at or higher than the national average.
  • Each occupation must currently have employment levels of 10,000 or more.

The database also contains legislation on occupational licensure laws more generally and includes legislation impacting the following four population groups that have been identified as being disproportionately impacted by licensure-related barriers to labor market entry:

  • Skilled immigrants.
  • Individuals with criminal records.
  • Active duty military, veterans and their spouses.
  • Unemployed and dislocated workers.

See Also: More Tracking Databases From NCSL

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