How Trends in Certification Attainment and Associated Earnings vary by Race, Ethnicity, and Education

The above map shows the attainment rate for each state by selected population. Scroll over your state to see each state’s exact attainment rate and earnings associated with a certification or license, with a certification only or neither a certification nor license. Click on your state or select it in the dropdown menu to see […]

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Assessing the Economic Damage of COVID-19

It will take a long time for people to feel comfortable consuming and for businesses to return to normal operations. While the recession was the shortest in history, the effects will last for years to come.   This was Dr. Mark Zandi’s message at the C2ER/LMI Institute (Virtual) Annual Conference Economic Outlook Keynote, Assessing the Economic Damage. The chief economist at Moody’s […]

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The Urgency for Real Time Data

The C2ER/LMI Institute (Virtual) Annual Conference ran its second live session of the week on The Urgency for Real Time Data (Tuesday, June 2). More real time labor market and workforce information can inform both the COVID response and recovery, addressing reopening and retraining policies. Traditional data sources are often published with a time lag, […]

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Tracking the Impact of COVID-19 on Businesses

This is a series of keynote summaries from the virtual 60th Annual C2ER Conference and LMI Institute Forum held June 1 – 5, 2020. The keynote session on the third day of the C2ER conference demonstrated how insight from businesses on the ground, coupled with high level data, help us to better understand the direct […]

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Rising Economic Development Spending in the Commonwealth of Virginia

Over the past several years, the State Economic Development Program Expenditures Database team has noticed a sizeable uptick in the volume of state funds Virginia has allocated toward promoting  economic development. This substantial rise in state expenditures is accompanied by relatively stagnant federal funding. The figure charts the change in state expenditures for the commonwealth […]

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The Role of Certifications and Licenses in State Post-Secondary Attainment Goals

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The above map shows state post-secondary attainment goals. Scroll over a state to see more information on its attainment goals. This article is part of a series of reports on new estimates from the Labor Market Information Institute State Certification and Licenses Data Tables. Find previous blog posts in this series here. Forty-two states have […]

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Trends in Certification and License Attainment and Earnings by Education Level

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The above figure shows the attainment rate and difference in median weekly earnings between workers with and without a certification or license by education level. This article is part of a series of reports on new estimates from the Labor Market Information Institute State Certification and Licenses Data Tables. Find previous blog posts in this […]

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Call for Proposals: 2020 C2ER Annual Conference and LMI Institute Forum

The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) and the Labor Market Information (LMI) Institute are soliciting proposals for the next annual conference and forum, which will be June 3 – 5, 2020 in Columbus, OH. The theme is The Roaring 2020’s: Mobilizing Your Talent and Economy for the New Decade. The upcoming conference and […]

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Professional Certifications and Licenses Increase Earnings and Reduce Unemployment, New Data Shows

Written by Anuradha Dhar At the end of June, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) at the Department of Labor released a report on 2018 data from the Current Population Survey (CPS) on the role of professional certifications and occupational licenses in the U.S. labor market. Their most recent annual data was released in January […]

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