The LMI Insider – October 2021



October 2021

Welcome to LMI Insider –

A Publication of the Labor Market Information Institute

What Research Projects Are You Working On? We Want To Hear About It.

The 2022 LMI Institute Forum planned to be in Columbus, Ohio is nine months away and the call for proposals and sessions is open! We want to hear from you about your most recent projects or studies.

This year’s theme is The Road Ahead: Using Data to Pave the Way – we are interested in learning about the future of local communities, workforce research, and the larger direction of the field in general. What does a prosperous future for everyone look like? How do we use data to promote inclusive economic growth and support a diverse workforce? How does this create opportunities for local businesses, economies, and residents?

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Product Updates

Voices of LMI: Coretta Pettway


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 Coretta Pettway, Assistant Deputy Director, Office of Workforce Development, Ohio Department of Job & Family Services, Columbus, OH

“What we produced previously [for Ohio’s unemployment insurance claims data] were static [PDF] reports. During COVID we recognized there was a need for a more dynamic tool for display of our claims information. So, we worked with Ohio State University to develop the new unemployment claims dashboard….With this interactive tool, you can get the demographic information for the claims at the county level—for initial claims and for certified claims. And you can get it by week, whereas with the static reports you could only get it by month.” – Coretta Pettway

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Upcoming Events, Trainings, and Webinars

Basic LMI Analyst Instructor Led Training

October 4, 6, 12, 13

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Association of Public Data Users:

Data Visualization Fundamentals in Tableau

October 19, 22, 26, 29

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET

Registration discount offered to LMI Institute members

Introduction to Labor Market Information 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

The LMI Institute Was Proud to Host the PMP Summit September 20 – 23, 2021

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 year’s PMP Summit offered an exciting week hearing from federal agency partners and funders, technical leads from various states providing training and best practices examples, and a special keynote on the Future of Work spotlighting the trucking and logistics sector.

Dr. Allison Forbes, Vice President of Research at the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness moderated a conversation with Dr. Steve Viscelli, sociology professor at the University of Pennsylvania and author of The Big Rig: Trucking and the Decline of the American Dream. In this spotlight on the trucking and logistics industry, Dr. Viscelli examined approaches projections analysts can use to deepen their understanding of any fast-evolving industry sector.

If you missed it or would like to watch again, take a look at the session!

Featured Reports From LMI Members

Arkansas Skill Dashboard

Changing skills demands within occupations are an important research area to better understand the impacts of technology and determining the training needs for workers. Check out Arkansas’s interactive dashboard visualizing the projected skills needed and in demand over the next ten years. See the dashboard here.

Ohio In-Demand Jobs Survey

The state of Ohio is creating an In-Demand Jobs List to help drive state and federal investments in the local workforce. As the governor’s office designs the list, they are looking for input from Ohio businesses. Check it out for inspiration for your state!


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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