For over 10 years, Economic Modeling Specialists Intl., or EMSI, has been providing data-driven services to clients who want to gain the best possible understanding of labour markets and the employment market. Thousands of users in the United Kingdom and United States are already using Analyst, EMSI’s web-based tool for exploring employment data. Now, we’re excited to announce the arrival of Analyst for Canada, a brand-new way for Canadian colleges, businesses, and others to get the best employment data available.
About Analyst’s Data
Anyone who’s tried to work with Canadian labour market data knows that it’s never been easy to get, or to use. Before Analyst, looking for Canadian employment data meant relying on two main sources. There was the detailed data of the Census — but Census data is collected every five years, and doesn’t come out for two years after that. Or, there were the provincial SEPH and LFS datasets, which are released every year, but are not nearly as detailed or region-specific as the Census. EMSI’s Analyst tool allows users to access a better dataset, one that combines the specificity of the Census with the current numbers of the provincial data.
Thanks to our diverse set of sources, EMSI is able to update Analyst twice a year, to make sure that our users have current information. But at the same time, EMSI’s data is remarkably detailed. Analyst gives users access to data on 305 industry classifications using the NAICS system. It covers 522 occupations from Statistics Canada’s NOC-S classification system. And it applies those classifications to over 4,300 different, integrated geographical areas that can be combined and compared in any way you need.
EMSI’s data even helps you deal with the biggest problem with Census data — suppressions. To protect the privacy of citizens and businesses, StatCan removes a lot of specific, low-level data about workforces and the economy from what it releases to the public. This is great for public at large, but it puts you and your decision-making at a disadvantage. EMSI uses a unique statistical model to reverse-engineer a great deal of the data that StatCan leaves out, so that you get a more complete picture of your region’s economy than Census data could give you on its own.
Analyst for Canada’s sources include:
- Canadian Business Patterns (CBP)
- The most recent Census data Survey of Employment, Payroll and Hours (SEPH)
- Labour Force Surveys (LFS)
- Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS)
- CanSim Demographics
By combining these sources, EMSI data encompasses a rich set of labour market and demographic information:
- Establishment counts
- Location counts
- Earnings data by class of worker
- Employment data by class of worker or industry
- Annual employment and weekly earnings by industry
- Annual employment and earnings by industry and occupation
- Historic and projected age, gender, birth, death and population component data
When you log into Analyst, you’ll arrive on the homepage. It looks like this:
Right away you’ve got access to a wealth of data; from this screen you can design your own custom regions, build groups of occupations and industries that you’re interested in, choose a timeframe to study (including our projections for the next seven years), or use our chat client to get help from our dedicated Customer Service team. There’s even an instructional video to help you get started.
From here, you can start researching labour market stats for any region in Canada right away. With the toolbar in the top right corner you can type in an industry or occupation to immediately pull up data, or you can head over to the Economy section, the real heart of Analyst. This sections brings you all the data EMSI can offer on occupations, industries, and demographics. You can get sortable, customized, detail-rich tables of all or some of the occupations or industries in any region of Canada, from the smallest to the largest, like this:
On top of that, you can also run detailed regional reports on one or more industries and occupations, including average earnings, shift share, location quotient, regional trends, and a wealth of other data.
Vast quantities of data you can’t get anywhere else are good. But attractive, easy-to-present data is even better. That’s what Analyst for Canada’s other main tool, the GIS, is for. The GIS page looks like this:
With the help of the GIS tool, you can take all that data the Economy section gave you access to, at every geographic level, and map it out — and then export the maps. You can filter the data, sort it, apply it to just one Census Subdivision or the whole country, and look at industries, occupations or demographics. It’s the perfect tool for adding punch to your presentations, reports, or media handouts, or just for getting yourself a new perspective on the data you’re working with.
We think the GIS tool is pretty great. In fact, we think all of Analyst for Canada is great, and we’re sure that if you take a look at it you’ll think so too. To find out what EMSI and Analyst for Canada can do for you, email us, or give us a call. Our team is waiting to tell you more. For more, you can also look at our Youtube channel, where you can get a sneak peek of Analyst in action. Check out an introduction to our Canadian data here or see an overview of the tool here.
Follow us on Twitter @desktopecon. Email Cullen Kennison, our Canadian sales contact, if you have any questions or comments, or would like to see further data and information about Analyst for Canada.