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Explaining Labor Markets (And More) With Data


New Career Coach Feature Assists Veterans, Ex-Military Looking for New Careers

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One of the great challenges faced by veterans and ex-military personnel is the need to communicate how military skills transfer to the civilian workforce. This is why EMSI is very excited to introduce a new Career Coach feature, available upon request, that uses military-occupation-code-to-standard-occupation-code mapping to identify which civilian careers are similar to specific jobs held in the...
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Webinar: Using Labor Market Data to Inform Talent Strategy for Workforce Planning

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On Wednesday, January 28 (10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PST) EMSI will be hosting a webinar on how companies can use external labor market data to improve key aspects of their talent strategies. Sponsored by the Talent Strategy Institute, the presentation will focus on how to use this data to do the following: Communicate expectations internally Optimize...
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Announcing the 2015 National EMSI Conference and Regional User Events

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We are pleased to announce that EMSI will host a number of events in 2015—including, for the first time, regional user events across the country. The fifth annual National EMSI Conference (formerly the Leadership Conference) will take place September 21-23 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The two-day conference will be a unique chance to interact with the EMSI team and to hear how...
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Webinar: Key Steps to a Successful Career Coach Implementation

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On February 4, EMSI will host the first in a series of Career Coach webinars. The opening webinar, Key Steps to a Successful Career Coach Implementation, will cover the detailed implementation of Career Coach, EMSI’s online tool for connecting students to the education they need for great careers. In particular, we will walk through the launch...
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Where Welders Make the Most Money

The emergence of in-demand jobs that require a community college education or less but pay well—sometimes extremely well—is a big story, and a timely one with President Obama unveiling a plan to make community college free for millions of students. USA TODAY started a major series on jobs, using EMSI data, by focusing on these...
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Boston Globe on Middle-Skill Opportunities in Massachusetts

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Here at EMSI, we’ve identified the skills gap largely as a regional issue—you only need oil drillers where there is oil, and finance jobs are booming in the Southeast but not the Northwest. Using EMSI data to determine which skills are in demand in Massachusetts, the Boston Globe recently published an article that provides a sampling of growing middle-skill jobs in the region and offers insights about how to identify an associate’s degree program that will provide a high return on...
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CMAP Conducts Powerful Research on Chicago Workforce With EMSI Data

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As CMAP’s recent report on the freight-manufacturing nexus in the O’Hare Airport sub-region shows, the co-location of freight and manufacturing is a rare, powerful setup that has helped transform the sprawling metro into the lively hub it is today, and that continues to give Chicago a competitive...
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EMSI’s December Forecast: 300K Jobs Gained

In mid 2014, we introduced the EMSI Job Forecast, a prediction of the previous month’s change in employment three days before the BLS releases its initial number. The goal of our forecast, which is based on a number of leading labor market indicators and data releases, is to give an early look at the current...
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