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What Can My Institution Do With an Economic Impact Study?

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Information is easier to access than ever, and you might be tempted to accumulate data about your institution without a specific goal beyond believing that it’s “good to know.” But “good to know” isn’t enough, not when there are positive changes that information can help you make. This is especially true when that information is an investment, as is the case with EMSI’s Economic Impact Study...
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Laid-Off Coal Miners Inspire Virginia Tech and Local Workforce Board Study on Transferable Skills

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In southwest Virginia, coal miners are facing a grim reality. The coal mining industry has dwindled from over 12,000 jobs in 1990 to less than 4,000 in 2013, not only changing the lives of those workers but also the scope of the local economy. And, since occupations in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction offer the highest overall earnings in the region, it's difficult for laid-off workers to find comparable...
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The Connection Between Higher Ed and Economic Development in North Carolina

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North Carolina is home to Research Triangle Park, where universities share workspace and ideas with more than 200 companies with expertise in microelectronics, telecommunications, biotechnology, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and environmental sciences. The Park is one example of how the power of higher education, collaboration, and thought leadership can strengthen a region's economy---and it doesn't stop...
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Santa Fe College: The Latest EMSI Client to Win Aspen Prize

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Every other year, the Aspen Institute and its partners recognize one college that is outstanding in the areas of student learning, certificate and degree completion, transfer rates, access and success for minority and low-income students, and rates of employment and earning for graduates. EMSI clients have consistently won the...
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Mapping IT Jobs: EMSI Data in White House’s TechHire Initiative

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EMSI recently provided labor market data for TechHire, a multi-sector initiative that is part of President Obama’s middle-class economics agenda seeking to educate and connect Americans for higher-paying jobs. Specifically, TechHire’s mission is to equip Americans with the skills they need to fill the huge (and growing) national demand for IT talent. Announced by the President...
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Uncovering Surprises in the Labor Market’s Gender, Age, and Race Composition

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In the United States, the 55+ workforce grew by 8.3 million from 2001 to 2014, according to a new report from CareerBuilder using EMSI data. That's roughly the size of the population of New York City. As those workers retire, the labor market has the potential to shift dramatically---one of the many reasons that studying workforce diversity is so important....
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EMSI’s March Forecast: 239K Jobs Gained

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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 state of the labor...
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Community College Week Reports on the Impact of EMSI Data at Fayetteville Tech

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Community College Week recently published an article, showcasing Fayetteville Technical Community College's use of data to inform decisions of all types across its campuses: from admissions to career counseling to grant writing, and more. It highlighted how the college's partnership with EMSI gains them quick access to quality data, making it easier to make smart, informed...
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