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.
Instead of simply listing available jobs, Scott Sheely and the Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board take a more data-driven approach by building career pathways, using EMSI data to study local industry and occupation dynamics.
In south central Tennessee, it’s known as the Northfield Project. Community leaders, led by the South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance, have turned a former GM building into a hotspot for demand-driven technical training, conferences, and business office space. The transformation is a vivid example of a workforce board and its county mayors taking the lead to help rejuvenate their regional economy.
The following commentary on middle-wage or middle-skill jobs was written by Scott Sheely, one of EMSI’s longtime workforce development clients.
As part of today’s launch, EMSI produced a briefing on potential skills gaps for middle-skill workers in the nation’s 100 largest metros. The briefing was part of lunchtime panel moderated by Walter Isaacson, president & CEO of the Aspen Institute, and featuring JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and former Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Melody Barnes.
The Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board uses local labor market data to identify in-demand occupations and support its economic development partners. Both tasks are important, and the ability to quickly tap into high-quality data from EMSI has made the board more efficient and more effective – as well as helped bring jobs to a struggling regional economy.
Good data can be powerful. Good data packaged well and explained clearly can be even more potent. The MId-American Regional Council proved that with its latest report on manufacturing in Kansas City.
Among the toughest positions to find workers? Accountants, sales reps, machine operators/production workers, nurses, truck drivers, software developers, engineers, IT managers/database administrators, and marketing professionals.
What makes EMSI’s labour market data for Canada so special? Several things, but the most important might just be how big it is. EMSI’s Canadian data encompasses 305 industries and 522 occupations, and it includes data on every single geographic region in Canada, covering all 35 million Canadians. That’s a lot of data, and no matter [...]
The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce came out with another big report, and this one (like its 2010 Help Wanted report) uses EMSI’s detailed data to help estimate educational demand by detailed occupation.