The LMI Insider – September 2022



September 2022

Welcome to LMI Insider –

A Publication of the Labor Market Information Institute

Get Involved!

The LMI Institute is looking for people* to join our 2022-2023 Board Committees. Help guide and shape the future of the Institute by getting involved:

  • Annual Conference/Forum Committee
  • Marketing & Membership Benefits Committee
  • Data Advocacy
  • Product Development Committee
  • Professional Development and Training Committee

*Committee members must be a member of the LMI Institute and attend four meetings per year about an hour each.

Are your Data Viz Skills Prepared for the 21st Century? 

Are you interested in learning more about Power BI? Join the LMI Institute and instructor Cynthia Sundahl for a 4-session virtual training that takes attendees through the steps to create a report and share it on the web.

This course will provide participants with the skills necessary to take data from excel files and turn it into a finished, multi-page report ready to use internally or publish on the web. You will follow along as the instructor guides you through the process of creating a sample report. By the end of the course, you will know how to: import and format data, set up a data model, add visuals and filters, set up your page layout for PC and mobile view, and load your completed report to the Power Bi service and embed it into your organization’s website.

The course will focus on data and visualizations frequently used by workforce development and community service organizations. Regional and time series data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Census Bureau will form the core of the data model. Visualizations (including maps, charts, and tables) will present summary level data that can be drilled down on for specific insights.

LMI Directors’ Townhall: Mandatory Employer Surveys

LMI leaders from 18 states gathered virtually August 30, 2022 to discuss their experience with mandatory employer surveys. States with mandatory surveys shared how they went about getting the mandate and how it allowed the LMI staff more time to analyze the data instead of serving as data collectors. In the discussion, the idea of requesting a variance waiver surfaced. There was really great discussion in the last minute of the townhall. To continue the confidential discussion, we encourage states to share in the LMI Forums online available to all member states. If you aren’t a member and would like access, please contact Jennie Allison (

Current LMI Forum Topics

Product Updates

Voices of LMI: Byron Archer 

The LMI Institute continues in 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 features Byron Archer, LMI Director of the Ohio Bureau of Labor Market Information, in the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.


“One of the things that we value is making sure that the data is accurate and providing the best customer service that we can.”

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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

2022 Future of Work Summit 

September 20 – 23, 2022

Arlington, VA

Power BI Training 

September 27, 29; October 4, 6

4:00 – 6:00pmET


Data Visualization with Tableau

November 2-4, 2022

2:00 – 4:30pmET


Basic LMI Analyst Training

November 8-9, 2022

In-Person, Arlington, VA

Insider View – Be in the Know

Join us in-person or virtually for the Future of Work conference and PMP Summit (free to state analysts!) for this provocative talk from Dr. Ned Hill., OSU Professor of Economic Development:

There are concerted efforts underway to strengthen American manufacturing and innovation to create better-paying jobs and to bolster the nation’s economic and national security. For instance, the recently passed chips and science bill aims to increase domestic manufacturing of semiconductors including allocating billions of dollars to company incentives and for programs aimed at research and development and workforce development. However, manufacturers still face significant labor and supply chain challenges along with navigating the many technological changes and trends within the industry, dubbed Industry 4.0. This session explores key manufacturing trends that will continue to impact the employment outlook within this industry for years to come.

Democratizing Our Data Round 2

This is a reminder that the deadline for submitting a Letter of Intent for Round 2 of the Coleridge Initiative’s Democratizing our Data Challenge is on September 30, 2022.

The Challenge is designed to develop and scale innovative ideas for data products, projects, and services. Driven by agency needs, the Challenge supports proposals that seek to produce new and/or actionable information about employment outcomes and economic mobility associated with different transitions.

Their goal is to support collaboration of state agencies within and across state lines to transform the secure and safe use of data and evidence to inform policy.

For more information, visit their website and submit your Letter of Intent here. Please reach out to with any questions.

Featured Reports and Tools

Sharing & Activating Data for: Equitable Change

Do schools and students have the data they need to guide decisions about college and career? The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) launched a new initiative earlier this summer with 14 organizations seeking to use data to effectively help students navigate to training, college and careers. Read the latest blog to learn more about CREC’s Expanding Access project and how activating data is key to helping students to access promising training and career pathways.

Find the blog post here!

Workforce Automation: Insights into Skills and Training Programs for Impacted Workers

House Report 116-450 included a provision for GAO to examine challenges and opportunities to provide training to workers at risk of losing their jobs to automation. GAO examined what available data indicate about which workers are at risk of automation and the skills needed for in-demand jobs; and what insights stakeholders offer for workforce programs to better serve displaced workers and those affected by automation.

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.

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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