Economic Development


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

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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 Impact of Boeing’s Long Beach Plant Closure and How Workforce Practitioners Can Respond Using Data

In this article, we will walk through the impacts of Boeing’s plant closure in Long Beach as well as some of the ways that workforce and economic developers can use data on their local economies to respond to—or even prevent—similar closures.


The Metros Gaining (and Losing) the Largest Share of Post-Recession Jobs

In a new analysis with CareerBuilder, we used shift share — a standard economic analysis method in Analyst, EMSI’s labor market research tool — to tease out the number of new jobs from 2010 to 2013 in each of the 50 most populous metros that can be traced to regional factors as opposed to national trends.


K-State’s Advanced Manufacturing Institute Brings Innovation to Rural Kansas

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Kansas State University’s Advanced Manufacturing Institute (AMI) helps Kansas businesses and communities innovate and grow — businesses and communities that are often in rural parts of the state. Because of this, AMI realized it needed to step back to help its clients understand their regional economies. This is why EMSI’s unsuppressed county-level data was a “no-brainer” for AMI.


Workforce, Workforce, Workforce: How TIP Strategies Visualizes EMSI Employment Data

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This is a guest post from Karen Beard of TIP Strategies, an Austin, Texas-based economic development consulting firm. TIP has used EMSI data since 2007 for workforce- and economic-related components of projects. This piece walks through examples of the neat ways TIP visualizes EMSI employment data to answer key workforce-related questions.