EMSI recently hosted a labor market data 101 webinar. The following is the Q&A from the webinar, which touches on a number of important and timely EMSI updates and data features. You can access the webinar PowerPoint by clicking here.
Q: What classification do you use for “Race”?
A: We use the standard 2000 Census definitions for race with one important distinction. Instead of listing six Hispanic cohorts, EMSI collapses them to two: White and Non-White. We do this because Non-White Hispanic cohort counts are relatively small and the smaller number of cohorts is cleaner for presentation purposes in the software.
Q: Do you have some sort of peer review to verify that the data manipulation is appropriate and correct?
A: Not directly. LMI directors from various states have reviewed our methodology in detail and have raised no significant objections. Additionally, we have state-level clients throughout the US who have access to raw, unsuppressed data and also use Analyst regularly. They have told us that our suppression estimations are very close to the actual numbers, and we can infer by our widespread and dedicated user base that this holds true nationally.
Q: Do your projections/regressions capture emerging trends, like perhaps if tech is really going to take off?
A: Our projections are a combination of historic EMSI data with projections derived from publicly available national and state sources. States may use different approaches when creating projections, but generally, if a state has captured a trend then that trend will be reflected in EMSI data as well. EMSI also uses more current data to move the baselines of those projections forward, so any very recent trends that may have been missed should be reflected in EMSI’s data.
Q: Is there retirement age data?
A: No. EMSI is introducing workforce demographics as a part of Analyst 3. While this data does not directly address the topic of retirement age, it is very unique and may provide an interesting perspective on issues pertaining to retirement in general.
Q: Are there any methodologies for assessing green jobs vs. standard job titles?
A: EMSI published a series of white papers on green jobs a few years ago. Those can be found here: http://www.economicmodeling.com/blog/green-jobs-resources/. O*NET has also done a lot of research pertaining to existing and emerging green jobs, and you can read more about their recommendations here: http://www.onetcenter.org/green.html.
In general, we suggest that green jobs analysis be approached through occupation data as opposed to industry data. EMSI’s tools already include a number of pre-built green jobs occupation groups for convenience, including the groups defined in the O*NET research mentioned above. For help accessing these groups or creating your own, please contact your Client Services representative.
Q: How can workforce develolpers work with employment counselors to identify occupations in demand for the purpose of helping clients?
A: This is a primary use of our tools in the Workforce Development community and there are a number of approaches. The data in Analyst makes it possible to produce demand occupation reports using any number of criteria (such as growth, percentile wage, concentration, and educational levels) for any user-customized geography. The Workforce portion of Analyst 3 (called Career Pathways in Analyst 2.5) contains workflows that help answer these questions as well.
Additional resources can be found at EMSI’s blog here: http://www.economicmodeling.com/tag/workforce-development/. Your Client Services representative will also gladly walk you through some specific scenarios that will reflect your organization’s priorities and definition of “in demand.”
Q: Does EMSI plan to incorporate any of the LED On the Map work?
A: Not at this time. EMSI is actively pursuing innovative uses of the rich data found in LED, and if you have any recommendations we’d love to hear about them.
Q: Are any stats prepared on the income level of a particular job in a particular industry? I saw some examples on the EMSI newsletter, but can people get hands on the data?
A: Not at this time. Those statistics are generally collected from primary sources on an industry-by-industry basis. For EMSI to incorporate a certain kind of data, it must be widely available and granular enough for us to reliably disaggregate it.
Q: Do you have aerospace separated as well?
A: Yes. EMSI maintains data for aerospace and a number of more detailed industries that are a part of that sector. For help determining the correct digit level and industry classification for your analysis, please contact your Client Services representative.
Q: Do you have any data on languages spoken?
Q: Moody’s has a “office jobs” classification which really undercounts what occupied office space would imply by 1/3. Do you have something similar?
A: No, we do not. However, EMSI data includes proprietors and other worker types often overlooked by popular data sources. We find that on average sources that do not include proprietors undercount employment totals by about 20%. Depending on the analysis you are performing, this fact may or may not be relevant. EMSI data is available at the ZIP-code level and isn’t granular enough for some land use analyses. We have, however, seen it used as a secondary source on such projects.