Data & Analysis

It’s Not About More Associate’s Degrees; It’s About the Right Associate’s Degrees


The Wall Street Journal recently published an article by economists William A. Kelly Jr. and Elizabeth Sawyer Kelly that critiques President Obama’s free community college plan, suggesting that this is hardly the time to concern ourselves with producing more college-trained workers. But associate’s degrees aren’t all the same, and neither are all regional economies.

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 […]

New Report Examines Mid-Skill Petrochemical, Industrial Construction Shortages in Houston


In the prosperous Houston economy, a blend of industries is driving new job opportunities for middle-skill workers. But, as EMSI helped identify in a recent report with JPMorgan Chase, two sectors stand above the rest: petrochemical manufacturing and commercial and industrial construction.

The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Sales Jobs

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Sales jobs aren’t hot and new; they’ve been around forever and can be found in almost every company and industry in the world, so it’s easy to sort of forget about them. Besides that, a career in sales contains certain challenges; you have to sell things, for starters, and your pay is usually very dependent on […]

The Slowdown in Job Churn Explained and Visualized

One of the indicators that economists monitor is consumer confidence, the degree of optimism consumers feel about the health of the economy. To get a pulse on worker confidence, meanwhile, it’s worth keeping an eye on labor market churn—the job-to-job movement that typically happens at a faster rate when jobs are plentiful and workers are […]