The LMI Insider – June 2021


June 2021

Welcome to LMI Insider –

A Publication of the Labor Market Information Institute

Try Out the New Online Forums Available for LMI Institute Members

The LMI Institute recently launched online forums available to LMI Institute members to collaborate, ask questions about specific data tools, products, or programs, or generally bounce ideas off other state analysts and workforce researchers in a shared space.

Go here, sign in using your LMI Institute membership, start interacting with your peers!

Feel free to contact Jennie Allison with any questions.

Product Updates

Voices of LMI: Neal Young at Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development 


The LMI Institute continues 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 Neal Young, Economic Analysis Director at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

“We answer a lot of questions around the intersection of supply and demand for workforce….And, we look at the future in terms of employment—trying to help businesses understand what the future is likely to bring for their business if they choose Minnesota as a business location.“

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Upcoming Events, Trainings, and Webinars

During the week of the Annual Forum, be sure to check out these specific workforce and LMI events:

LMI Analyst Roundtable

Monday, June 7, 2021

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Discuss current opportunities and challenges as regional and state analysts with your peers.

Workforce and LMI Leaders’ Meeting

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Hear from policy expert, Dr. Mary Alice McCarthy of New America’s Center on Education and Labor, about policy trends, challenges, and opportunities for collaboration.

Workforce Researchers’ Roundtable

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Hear presentations from researchers in the field on hot topics and emerging research in labor market analysis.

Future of Work Keynote

Thursday, June 10, 2021

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Hear from Future of Work Thought Leader Dr. Angela Jackson of New Profit and a Keynote Panel with Dr. Till von Wachter of the California Policy Lab and Oriane Casale of Minnesota about documenting the impacts of the pandemic on minorities and disenfranchised.

Leadership in Research Workshop

Promote your research shop’s value-add as the backbone to the organization.

June 22 & 29; July 20 & 27; August 10 & 24, 2021

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET

Basic LMI Analyst eLearning

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

Anytime anyplace

Insider View – Be in the Know

State LMI Agency Funding: Why It Is Important and How You Can Make an Impact

The demands on state LMI offices have only increased since the pandemic, including the demand for more high frequency data at an ever more granular level. However, the increasing demands for local, actionable labor market information have not been accompanied with more funding for states. State labor market information agencies must have the funding necessary to support analysts who can help customers make sense out of available data and to continue to make important data innovations.

The Labor Market Information Institute and Council for Community and Economic Research hosted a recent webinar to discuss the important role of state LMI agencies with former BLS Commissioner Dr. Erica Groshen and Lesley Hirsch, Assistant Commissioner for Research & Information at the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development. Topics covered included the current BLS and LMI state funding situation, a look at BLS prospects for 2021, insights and perspectives from New Jersey, which houses one of the most innovative state LMI offices, and how to make a difference on improving public statistics along with the resources made available to support the Federal-State LMI Infrastructure.

Featured Reports From LMI Members

Ohio Labor Market Information Tools

The Ohio Labor Market Information team hosts embedded visualizations on its website for the state unemployment rate and Current Employment Statistics by Industry Sector. The LMII team applauds Ohio for making their tools accessible to web visitors and data users. See more here.

Missouri’s In-Demand Programming Languages Report

The Missouri Economic Research Information Center (MERIC) reported the top twenty computer programming languages requested in job announcements and the corresponding industries and employers requiring the skills. What are the top skills in your state? Read the report here.

Tell us how you are tracking in-demand skills and we’ll feature your report!


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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