Monday, May 23, 2016

Utah's Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for all Utah counties have been posted online here.

Each month, these rates are posted the Monday following the Unemployment Rate Update for Utah.

For more information about seasonally adjusted rates, read a DWS analysis here.

Next update scheduled for June 20th.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Utah's Employment Situation for April 2016

Utah's Employment Situation for April 2016 has been released on the web.

Find the Current Economic Situation in its entirety here.

For charts and tables, including County Employment, go to the Employment and Unemployment page.

Next update scheduled for June 17th, 2016.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Your area’s labor market information is “OnTheMap”


The Census Bureau’s online mapping tool provides a wealth of location-specific labor market information

“If you want to put yourself on the map, publish your own map.” Ashleigh Brilliant

This isn’t your same old blog post about data. Instead of analyzing and sharing data, this post covers how to access an extremely useful “big data” labor market information tool. What is this tool? The U.S. Census Bureau’s OnTheMap web-based mapping and reporting application.  

What’s so great about OnTheMap? Typically, we report labor market information at the state and county level. Local-level data is harder to come by. Along with the ability to provide labor market profiles of small and large nonstandard areas, OnTheMap graphically demonstrates where people work and where workers live. Users can define their own geographies and obtain data and maps at the census-block level of detail. This flexibility can quickly provide information for emergency and transportation planning, site location and economic development. 
  • Do you want to understand commuting patterns for a particular area? OnTheMap can generate maps of outflow and inflow. 
  • Do you want to know the basic characteristics of workers in your town? OnTheMap has that information. 
  • Do you want to identify the employment characteristics along a specific stretch of highway? OnTheMap can deliver that data. 
  • Do you want to discern how many workers live within a 50-mile radius of a particular site? OnTheMap delivers.
Where does this data come from? OnTheMap combines federal and state administrative data on workers and employees with Census Bureau census and survey data. Don’t worry. Using state-of-the-art methods, the Census Bureau is committed to protecting the confidentiality of business and personal information. 

Where People Work     

Let’s run through a few examples of how OnTheMap outputs can help you understand your local economy. Suppose the Kaysville City Council wants to know where the residents of their town work. OnTheMap indicates almost a quarter of the city’s working residents are employed in Salt Lake City. 

                 
              
Next, the mayor wants to know how many workers travel into Kaysville for employment. OnTheMap suggests that far fewer workers commute in than out of Kaysville. In-commuters are most likely to drive from Layton.

  

         
Labor Market Characteristics

Now, these local government officials have decided they would like to know the characteristics of those folks that work or live in Kaysville. OnTheMap can provide age-group, earnings, industry, race/ethnicity, gender and educational attainment information. For example, OnTheMap shows the following characteristics for working residents of Kaysville:
  •  One-fourth are 29 years or younger
  •  48 percent make more than $3,333 a month
  •  8 percent work in manufacturing
  •  382 are Hispanic or Latino
  •  26 percent have at least a Bachelor’s degree
  • 43 percent are female
Getting Specific

A company thinking of locating to Kaysville is interested in the number (and characteristics) of workers within a standard commuting distance of a particular worksite. Economic development professionals can specify a particular radius and obtain a report. Other shapes (donut and plume) are also available. In addition, users can draw their own polygons in OnTheMap. To determine how many workers may be inconvenienced by a road construction project, just draw a line along the length of the project and “buffer” the selection.
  
                    
  


You begin to see what a valuable informational tool OnTheMap can be for planning and economic development purposes. 

OnTheMap is available here: http://onthemap.ces.census.gov/