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The LMI Institute announces the 2015 Charles Benefield Co-Recipients, Raj Jindal (LA) and Gary Crossley (TX) at the 2015 LMI Institute Annual Forum in Portland, Oregon.

The Charles Benefield Award is conferred during the LMI Institute Annual Forum. Benefield was a tireless advocate for improving data quality and advancing the LMI field. His career at the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) began when the agency had oversight of federal statistical programs. When oversight was transferred to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the 1970’s, he continued to be a voice for statistical programs’ value and importance within ETA. His efforts were instrumental in obtaining financial support for the Occupational Employment Statistics and projections programs. Further, his efforts played a large role in the creation of the LMI Institute, initially established as an ETA-funded consortium of states in 1994. To honor his vision and acknowledge today’s champions of advancing the LMI field, the LMI Institute created the award after Benefield’s death

Recent recipients include:

  • Rebecca Rust, Former Chief, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity; currently Assistant Commissioner, Office of Occupational Statistics & Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Jacqueline Keener, Acting Director, Labor & Economic Analysis Division, North Carolina Department of Commerce
  • Alexandra Hall, LMI Director, Colorado Department of Labor & Employment
  • George Foster, Economics  Manager, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
  • Bonnie Graybill, Deputy Division Chief, Labor Market Information Division, California Employment Development Department – retired


From left to right: Raj Jindal (LA) [Left],
Gary Crossley (TX) [Right] accept the
2015 Charles Benefield Award.

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