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Local and regional planners have long recognized the need for detailed information on past, present, and projected occupational needs. Ideally, data on: (I) the number of workers employed, (2) their years of job experience, (3) their years and type of job training, (4) the number of workers to retire in the near future, (5) the number of new workers needed due to expected expansion, and (6) the salary levels of the various occupations for each firm and industry in the local economy should be available to describe occupational patterns. Such information would also provide a sound framework for projecting changes in occupational needs. The type of information desired is not easily accessible and in many cases does not exist.