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Occupational Licensing Legislation Database

This database tracks the state-by-state requirements, costs, training, and other related details of 48 different licensed, certified or registered occupations across all 50 states. It includes all enacted legislation from 2017 to the present and is updated annually or as legislation is identified by NCSL staff.
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State Unemployment Rates

Unemployment rates were lower in April in 5 states, higher in 2 states, and stable in 43 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Thirty states had jobless rate increases from a year earlier, 1 state had a decrease, and 19 states and the District had little change. The national unemployment rate changed little at 3.9 percent but was 0.5 percentage point higher than in April 2023.
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Mental Health Workforce Toolkit

Discover a wealth of insights and initiatives aimed at transforming mental health care across diverse communities and workplaces in America. Explore policy reports addressing discrimination and parity issues in mental health insurance benefits, as well as disparities in rural, racial, and ethnic populations. Gain valuable perspectives on the urgent need to address provider shortages in behavioral health services and innovative approaches to expanding workplace care and support. Delve into state

Policy Snapshot: Behavioral Health Workforce Shortages

As the prevalence of mental and behavioral health conditions and substance use disorders increases, so does the need for mental and behavioral health care professionals. States are taking several approaches to increasing the availability of mental health providers and considering policy options to reduce the workforce shortage of behavioral health professionals.
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