The LMI Insider – May 2021


May 2021

Welcome to LMI Insider –

A Publication of the Labor Market Information Institute

A Researcher’s Dream: New Data Available May 10!

The LMI Institute to is happy to announce the upcoming release on May 10, 2021 of the latest Certifications and Licenses Dataset. This new release includes five-year estimates and is the only data to produce certifications and licenses attainment at the state level.

To learn about the data and the recent findings, hear from LMI Institute researchers below!


Product Updates

Voices of LMI:

Carol Rogers of Stats America and Indiana University


The LMI Institute has launched a new 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 (2-3-minute) video stories of what different members and partner organizations do and how the work is being used to make a difference. Our next installment is an interview with Carol Rogers, the Co-Director of the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University.

“A lot of the people who were using our [unemployment] dashboard used it to help build coalitions—of hospitals, retailers, big businesses, government, the workforce office, higher education. They built these community coalitions around looking at where the hurt was…and trying to help people understand, ‘Where can we get help?’”

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

Upcoming Events, Trainings, and Webinars

Analyzing Sector Skill Needs

Share your state or region’s education and training efforts in a compelling way.

May 4, 6, & 13, 2021

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Pre-Conference Forum

What Works in Workforce? Evaluating the Impact of Workforce Development Programs

May 18, 2021

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET

2021 LMI Institute Annual Forum

The Great Pivot: Reinvention for Recovery and Resilience

June 7 – 11, 2021

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

New Online Forums Available for LMI Institute Members

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

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

Feel free to contact Jennie Allison with any questions.

Featured Reports From LMI Members

Washington State Unemployment Insurance Weekly Dashboard

Updated weekly since March 2020, the state of Washington uses Tableau to display the initial unemployment insurance claims. The dashboard allows users to see totals for the state, by industry, county, and 3-digit NAICS. Discover more here.

Indiana COVID Resources

Check out Hoosiers By the Numbers, Indiana’s LMI’s COVID-19 Resource Hub. Created in collaboration with Indiana University, the hub offers links to state and national testing, vaccine, hospital unemployment, and job data and dashboards just to name a few! Visit the Resource Hub here.


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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