The LMI Insider – February 2022



February 2022

Welcome to LMI Insider –

A Publication of the Labor Market Information Institute

New Report on Enhancing UI Wage Records 

States maintain flexibility in the information they require from employers on the wage records of their employees. There has been a growing movement among federal and state agencies, researchers, and even businesses to “enhance” Unemployment Insurance wage records (EWR) to include more data, including hours worked and occupational codes, to better assess job market demands, effective workforce training programs, and where college graduates are finding employment.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics Labor Market Information Oversight Council (BLOC) and Labor Market Information (LMI) Institute are proud to release an up-to-date inventory of the employee-specific data elements being collected by state UI programs, and how those data are being defined. The inventory allows states to assess the extent to which UI programs are adding more supplementary data elements to the wage reports, and the degree of variation among states. See the report here.

The BLOC/LMI Institute study finds that a growing number of states have sought and received approval to add data elements to the wage records. Indiana is one of those states, adding employed in payroll period including 12th of each month indicator, zip code of primary work location, employment start date, full-time/part-time/seasonal indicator, and SOC Code as reported data elements.

With this report release, the Institute will be hosting an online presentation of the study’s findings, latest trends, and experiences from Indiana’s LMI office on enhanced wage records. The session is scheduled for Thursday, February 24 at 2:00pmET – we hope to see you there!

Product Updates

Voices of LMI: Meihui Bodane, Asst. Secretary of Policy, Research & Strategy, North Carolina Dept. of Commerce

The LMI Institute continues into 2022 with its Voices of LMI initiative to showcase and promote the great work being done with workforce data around the country. Institute staff are currently conducting interviews with various LMI leaders and researchers to produce brief video stories of what different members and partner organizations do and how the work is being used to make a difference. This installment is an interview with Meihui Bodane, Assistant Secretary of Policy, Research & Strategy, North Carolina Department of Commerce.


“We were able to work with our education entities which include the K12, community college, and university systems… and create the first and comprehensive career information system for North Carolina ( With this system we are able to provide comprehensive career information to support education partners [such as] students, parents, career counselors, and job seekers.”

To check out our latest products, publications and more, visit the LMI Member area.

Upcoming Events, Trainings, and Webinars

Introduction to Labor Market Information eLearning

Available on demand – level-up new analysts ready to be introduced to the world of LMI

Anytime anyplace

Monthly Series Webinar

State Trends and Indiana’s Experiences on Enhanced Wage Records

February 24, 2022

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Monthly Series Webinar

The C.U.R.E. to Inclusion, Starts with U

March 24, 2022

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Registration Now Open!

2022 Annual Forum:

The Road Ahead: Using Data to Pave the Way

June 13 – 16, 2022

Columbus, OH + Virtual

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Free Tableau License for Each State

Supported in part by the LMI Institute, the Projections Managing Partnership (PMP) is continuing to offer one free Tableau license to each state for projections analysts. The PMP hosts a monthly Tableau community of practice to share how to make the most of the tool and Projections Suite. Contact LMI Institute staff if you’d like to request a license for one of your state projections analysts.

Showcase State LMI Work at the Annual Forum!

What work is your organization doing to help LMI data shine? LMI Institute staff are interested in learning who across the country is helping their state LMI data become the true royalty it is.

The LMI Institute Forum planning committee is particularly interested in hearing from more states about work you’ve done related to the following topics:

  • Postsecondary/ CTE Programs
  • High Frequency/ Real Time Innovative Data/ UI Data
  • Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion in Data
  • What Does Data Tell Us About the Future of Work?
  • Data Measured by The Power of Remote Work in the Virtual Economy

Anything you would like to share or add, please contact Jennie Allison by February 16th COB.

Featured Reports From LMI Members

Nebraska’s VIZioN LMI

Part of the Projections Managing Partnership’s (an LMI Institute sister organization) Tableau Community of Practice, Nebraska’s LMI office has created Tableau visualizations to display wages by occupation, UI claims, childcare availability, and many more. Check it out!

Measuring the Impacts of COVID-19 on the New Jersey Economy One Year Later

New Jersey’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development published an economic brief highlighting the economic and workforce changes and impacts around the state as a result of the pandemic. Read the full report here.

Does your state have a projections dashboard?

Share it with us! We’d love to see it and feature it in the monthly LMI Insider.


Check-out LMI related resources to support your work on the LMI Institute Resources page. Here you will find easy access to critical and essential occupations and industry lists created by the LMI Institute, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, CDC, among other resources.

Does your state have a report or tool you would like to have featured? Please email us!

We welcome your feedback on this edition, and for content suggestions in future editions, of The LMI Insider. Please direct comments, questions, or for more information on the LMI Institute to Marty Romitti, CREC Senior Vice President, at

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