The LMI Insider – September 2020


September 2020

Welcome to LMI Insider –


A Publication of the Labor Market Information Institute

Now Monthly Newsletter



Don’t Forget to Register for the Upcoming Marketing Workshop: Telling the LMI Story!

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Join us September 15 – 17 with Kay and Don Norton and learn how to better communicate your data to stakeholders. Watch the video to hear from the Norton’s and the Four Best Practices detailed below. 


Top Four Best Practices for Marketing and Communicating Data

  1. Never assume your target market (audience) participants have the same backgrounds or experiences.
  2. Always clearly state the goal of your communication.
  3. If possible, briefly survey your participants before sharing the data.
  4. Request feedback.

Product Updates


The Impact of Certifications on Earnings Across States and Occupations


For workers adapting to changing economic conditions, non-degree credentials can help with retraining and gaining new skill sets. But do these non-degree credentials also increase earnings? Very little information has been available regarding the relevant earnings outcomes (we know much more about earnings from degrees). Utilizing micro-data from the Current Population Survey (CPS), the LMI Institute aims to improve our understanding of the value of licenses and certifications for earnings potential. Read the full post here.


The State Certifications and Licenses Data is available to all LMI Institute members. This includes a license for state labor market offices to share the data on your website. To learn how to make a dashboard ready to share on your site, join us for the October 15th Training: Developing Your Products: Using State Certifications and Licenses Data to Create Your Own Dashboard. This event is free and exclusive to LMI Institute members. Learn more here




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Upcoming Events, Trainings, and Webinars


Telling the LMI Story

September 15 – 17, 2020

2:00pm – 4:00 pm ET

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

October 15, 2020

1:00 – 5:00 pm ET

FREE and EXCLUSIVE TO LMI Institute Members

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

October 20 – 29, 2020

2:30 – 5:30 pm ET

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Basic LMI Analyst Training

Virtual, Instructor Led

November 16 – 19, 2020

3:00 – 4:30 pm ET

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PMP Virtual Summit 2020: Forecasting a Post-Pandemic Future 

September 21 – 24, 2020

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Intermediate R Programming Training

February 16 – 25, 2021

2:30 – 5:30 pm ET

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Insider View – Be in the Know


COVID-19 Changes the Way Government Collects Data


Attention has focused on how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the decennial census, especially on census takers making home visits as part of the traditional enumeration process. Several BLS data sets also rely on in person surveys to reliably produce critical information. For instance, 90% of the Producer Price Index, 51% of the Occupational Requirements Survey, and 35% of the initial enrollment of the National Compensation Survey are typically conducted in person. The pandemic disrupted these collection efforts, but BLS adapted by shifting in-person visits to telephone calls or using sources such as credit card transactions and company websites. 


A recent Wall Street Journal article, How Covid-19 Changed the Way Government Collects Data, discusses this more. It includes comments from LMI Institute board member Michael Horrigan, President of the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. We also want to acknowledge the efforts of all LMI Institute members as they have adapted to the pandemic and continue to deliver valuable information to decisionmakers and the public.  Read More


Featured Reports From LMI Members


Arkansas Labor Market Report


Arkansas’ monthly Labor Market Report shares the latest employment and workforce information for metro and micropolitan areas across the state. Check out the June report to see how The Land of Opportunity state shares their latest data.  


While there, check out the Arkansas Hot 45 displaying demand occupations in Arkansas grouped by training/education requirements and listed by annual job openings.




Idaho’s JobScape Career Search Tool 


The Idaho Department of Labor, in partnership with Idaho Department of Education and Idaho Board of Education, created the JobScape Career Search Tool designed to help job seekers and students make informed career and educational decisions. Users can search wage and occupational demand information and discover available career opportunities. Students and job seekers can also explore available education and training programs throughout the state. See more here




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