The LMI Insider – October 2020


October 2020

Welcome to LMI Insider –

A Publication of the Labor Market Information Institute

Now Monthly Newsletter

Employment Projections and the Pandemic

2019 – 2029 Employment Projections were released September 1, 2020 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The LMI Institute’s sister organization, the Projections Managing Partnership (PMP), hosted their annual Summit September 21 – 24, 2020 which included a keynote address by Michael Wolf, Division Chief for Occupational Employment Projections at BLS. Watch Michael’s full presentation below.


Product Updates

LMI Researchers Build Dashboards Analyzing State Certifications and Licenses Data

On October 15th, 2020 at 1:00 PM ET, the Labor Market Information (LMI) Institute will hold a virtual seminar to explore applications for State Certifications and Licenses data using Tableau software. In this seminar, FREE and exclusive to LMI Institute Members (Register here), participants can learn how Tableau helps LMI researchers visualize and disseminate the attainment of state level certifications and licenses, and their associated earnings, by age, race and/or ethnicity, gender, industry, and occupation.

State Certifications and Licenses estimates enable labor market researchers to identify the industries and occupations in which certification and licensing is most prevalent and most impactful on workers’ earnings. States can use these data to benchmark the attainment of certifications and licenses, in addition to degrees, for key occupations and sub-populations against other states, their region, and the nation. Researchers can additionally use these data to identify the industries and occupations in which certification and/or license attainment most increase the earnings of workers and design training programs to upskill workers in these fields.

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Upcoming Events, Trainings, and Webinars

Developing Your Products: Using State Certifications and Licenses Data to Create Your Own Dashboard

October 15, 2020

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET


R Programming for Beginners: Using Data Science for Economic and Workforce Development Researchers

October 20 – 29, 2020

2:30 PM – 5:30 PM ET

Basic LMI Analyst Virtual, Instructor Led Training

November 16 – 19, 2020

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET

Intermediate R Programming

February 16 – 25, 2020

2:30 PM – 5:30 PM ET

Insider View – Be in the Know

Projections Managing Partnership Adopts 2021-2023 Plan

The Projections Managing Partnership (PMP) serves as a central hub and primary technical assistance resource for state analysts as they develop and deliver high quality state and local employment projections. This includes:

  • Maintaining a shared software and consistent methodology for producing projections.
  • Fostering a network of projections subject matter experts and analysts to exchange ideas.
  • Promoting professional excellence and continuously improving employment projections.
  • Establishing common standards for producing state and local employment projections.
  • Representing the concerns of projections analysts to national stakeholders.
  • Helping customers use projections data and related data products more effectively.

In September 2020, the PMP adopted a new three-year strategic plan (2021-2023) after completing a series of virtual working sessions. Strategies and activities are identified to support the accomplishment of three major goals: Strengthen the PMP value proposition; Increase the value and relevance of PMP products and services; and Enhance PMP capabilities. See Plan.

The PMP supports the work of state LMI offices and is governed by a 9-member board of state LMI Directors, with support from partners in Colorado, Utah, Illinois, North Carolina, the LMI Institute, along with the U.S. Department of Labor Employment Training Administration (ETA) and Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Find more information on the PMP here.

Featured Reports From LMI Members

Michigan: State of Registered Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are a significant component of the talent pipeline in Michigan, as the state ranks within the top five in the country for the number of active apprentices. Moreover, apprenticeship programs provide a key pathway to high-demand, high-wage employment that does not require a 4-year degree. Given this importance, Michigan recently completed a study of apprenticeships using data from the federal Registered Apprenticeship Partners Information Management Data System (RAPIDS). The report findings address several critical topics for policymakers including demographics of apprentices and how well programs serve vulnerable populations, the growth of non-traditional programs, and the outcomes of program completers. Michigan’s recent work also linked administrative wage records with RAPIDS data for the first time, providing a much more in-depth analysis of employment and wage outcomes of apprentices after program completion. See more here.

Watch Nick Ghandi’s presentation on Michigan’s State of Registered Apprenticeship.

South Dakota Workforce Report for 2019

The South Dakota Workforce Report for 2019 is now available. This comprehensive, annual report on South Dakota’s labor market examines all aspects of the state’s labor economics, including population and workforce demographics, gross domestic product, labor force, worker commuting, worker levels by industry and establishment size, personal income, poverty, population projections, employment projections by industry and occupation, and high demand/high wage occupations. The annual workforce reports typically cover data sets for the calendar year. Because of the significance of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s annual report also includes a look at trends in workforce data available for the period since the outbreak.

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