Workforce Development

Revisiting Newton, Iowa: How a Small Town’s Economy Grew Stronger After Losing Its Largest Employer

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This article revisits our 2008 case study about Newton, Iowa, which lost its largest employer that year. Now, spirits are up, and Jasper County (where Newton is located) has surpassed 2008 job counts and is driving unemployment into the ground.

Are There Enough Young Air Traffic Controllers to Replace Retiring Baby Boomers?

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What does the future hold for the air traffic controller occupation? Are there enough young people entering this occupation to replace retiring baby boomers? What does it take to be an air traffic controller? EMSI decided to answer these questions with Analyst, our labor market and education data software.

Defining Advanced Manufacturing at the Industry Level and Pinpointing Its Growing Hubs

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Professionals in workforce development, economic development, and higher education are fighting to make their communities well suited for advanced manufacturing industries. But the definition of advanced manufacturing is often vague and difficult to define at the industry level. What exactly is it?

San Diego Workforce Partnership Equips Local Educators, Jobseekers, and Organizations to Make Data-Driven Decisions


San Diego Workforce Partnership uses EMSI data to create up-to-date, shareable materials for use by educational organizations, jobseekers, journalists, and more. These materials include a series of reports about the region’s priority sectors and an employment dashboard that provides a snapshot of San Diego’s labor market.

WIOA’s Renewed Focus on Labor Market Data


The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) puts a renewed and intensified focus on the importance of labor market information. Ron Painter (CEO, NAWB) summed it up well in an interview with EMSI: “If we thought WIA was interested in data, WIOA is obsessed with data.”