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Categories: Data analysis & visualization tools; labor markets; regional industries and economies

Overview: Economic Modeling Specialists Incorporated (EMSI) provides web-based software and consulting services built around labor market data. The data they develop comes from over 80 state and federal sources. EMSI pulls it together, cleans it up, and presents it so clients can use it. The database contains comprehensive information on industries, occupations, demographics — as well as data on occupational skills, education, training, and for a specific region or industry.

Units of Analysis: Jobs, workers, residents, establishments

Coverage:  Data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Postal Service, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, and private source that include and Nielsen Claritas Business-Facts.

EMSI augments federal data by filling in suppressions and including the self-employed, agricultural workers, and others not captured by basic payroll data.

Geographic Detail: Nation, U.S. county, MSA or zip code

Form: Aggregate labor market data tables based on over from approximately 80 federal, state, and private sources

Key Data Elements:

Industry Data

  • 2-6 Digit NAICS Industries
  • 2001-Present Historic Data
  • 10-year Projections
  • Regionalized Staffing Patterns by Industry
  • Average Annual Earnings
  • Establishments
  • Unemployment by 2-Digit NAICS
  • Occupation Data

Full Detail SOC Occupations

  • 2001-Present Historic Data
  • 10-year Projections
  • Regionalized Staffing Patterns by Occupation
  • Average Annual Earnings
  • Median and Percentile Earnings
  • Unemployment by 2-Digit SOC
  • Population by Age, Race/Ethnicity, and Gender
  • Educational Attainment (current and projected)


  • INDEED – job postings linked to occupations
  • Businesses (by name and size) tied to NAICS codes
  • Career Clusters
  • O*NET (Occupational Competencies)
  • Patents

Timeframe:  2000-present as well as 10-year projections

Frequency:  Updated quarterly

Access: Subscription

Potential Uses for Regional Analysis:  The data are used to research and understand employment trends, education and economic development, and dynamics.

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