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 how intuitive we make Analyst, it will still sometimes seem difficult to get a handle on it.
To help users, and others, get a better idea of what EMSI’s data looks like, we’ve begun putting together regional labour market information reports. Think of these as the EMSI tasting menu. Instead of the enormous power and flexibility of Analyst itself, we’ve distilled data on each province into a short handout of about a dozen tables and charts. By looking at this, it’s easy to get a sense of what kind of information Analyst can give you about your province. But it’s only a sample of the specificity — on occupations, industries, and geographies — that using Analyst itself will provide.
To make the most of labour market data, Analyst allows users to ask very specific questions about detailed occupations and industries, and to ask them about small-scale geographic regions. We aren’t answering those personal questions in this handout. After all, everyone has different questions they need answered; if we tried to answer them all, the report would never end.
Instead, our new LMI reports paint the broad picture of your province’s economy. They cover all the high-level occupations and industries, looking at data points like job growth and regional concentration, and pointing out positive and negative trends. They also select an industry that our data shows to be especially important to the regional economy, and drill down deeper to look at staffing patterns, wage data, smaller-scale regions of growth, and other more detailed data.
Why are we giving this away? Because we believe the data speaks for itself. Labour market data isn’t useful to everyone. But for people who need to know about local and regional labour markets in order to make smart decisions about course offerings, policy decisions, or workforce development strategies, EMSI’s Analyst offers both big-picture and highly detailed information critical to making the best possible choices. Once you’ve seen some of what our data can tell you about your region, we’re sure you’ll want to see more.
Regional LMI reports are now available for Alberta, and reports for British Columbia, Quebec, and Ontario will be available very soon. To get yours, and see how many answers Analyst can give you, email Cullen Kennison or give us a call at 208-883-3500.