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State of the Industry

ATD Research handles participant data with strict confidence and sensitivity. The State of the Industry report delivers data in aggregates and averages that do not identify participating organizations or organization-specific data.

It is only because of your participation that we are able to effectively measure and report critical learning and development industry metrics including investments, expenditures, practices, and outcomes, across industry types and organization sizes. Participants will receive a free copy of the report when it is released in November.

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2013 State of the IndustryThe State of the Industry report is ASTD’s definitive review of workplace learning and development trends. In the 2013 State of the Industry report, sponsored by Skillsoft and the CARA Group, Inc., 475 organizations representing a diverse sample of industries, sizes, and locations report on their commitment to learning and development. ASTD estimates that U.S. organizations spent approximately $164.2 billion on employee learning in 2012. Of this total direct learning expenditure, 61 percent ($100.2 billion) was spent internally. The remainder was spent on external services, which accounted for 28 percent ($46 billion); and tuition reimbursement, which accounted for 11 percent ($18 billion).

To learn more, visit ATD's Bookstore and download the full report. This report is available in both PDF format and hardcopy. (The State of the Industry is an ATD member benefit, and is complimentary for all members. ATD members can download a copy of the report by going to the Store and clicking the "My Downloads" tab.)

As a reminder, ATD Research handles participant data with strictest confidence and sensitivity, and we report results in aggregates and averages that do not identify participating organizations or organization specific data. Please contact ATD Research at  if you have any questions regarding the State of the Industry.

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