Labor Market Information

Labor Market Information

Use the labor market information page to help your local employers make data-​driven strategic decisions about their business and industry.

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Key Components of LMI

Industry Super-Sector Employment Statistics and Projections: icon_labormarketservicesSM.JPG

  • Provides solid data on which industries will be experiencing the fastest growth.
  • Identifies fastest growing occupations by region to include wages and trends.
  • Identifies downsizing occupations and industries in real-time.
  • Provides better information on current employment trends and career advice.

Largest (Local/Regional) Employers:

  • Gauges economic development in your local area and identifies industries that will be adding most new jobs.

LMI Basics

A: Identify The Largest Employers Within these Industries.
The Illinois Career and Labor Market Information webpage is a comprehensive online resource serving Illinois' job seekers, employers, education and training providers, counselors, news media, and workforce professionals.

B: Identify Long-Term Employment Trends.
Economic Development Region long-term employment projections are available as both a downloadable data file (Excel) or a downloadable printable report (Adobe Acrobat).

C: Identify Job Loss Trends.
Identify Industries with the most job losses to identify the clients that need assistance.

LMI Examples

In this example, a large manufacturer (500+ employees) is permanently reducing its workforce by 60%, including centralizing all its administrative functions in a facility in another state. As a direct result (not to mention the indirect impacts), the local area will experience the displacement of many persons concentrated in the following occupations:

  • Professional Occupations: Accountants, Management positions

  • Technical Occupations: Accounting Clerks, Industrial Machinery Mechanics, Welders

  • Low-skilled occupations: Team Assemblers, Packagers, Freight and Stock Handlers

Key Strategic Decision Point:
Re-employment v. Skills update v. Re-training?

A: Skills Update/Re-employment:
Several of this firm’s accountants graduated several years ago and while they have kept up with standard practices and regulations, several of the clients speak of a need to upgrade their skills with modern accounting software packages.

B: Re-employment:
The few machinery mechanics and several skilled welders being laid off are in demand by other employers within the region based upon job listings and requests/concerns from local employers.

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C: Re-Training Team Assemblers:
With a short-term skills update in basic solar panel fabrication the assemblers from this facility would be available for a local firm that is exploring opportunities in the residential and commercial energy efficiency improvement field (given available federal funding).

D: Re-training Packagers:
Almost all of the laid off packagers will need staff assistance to explore other career opportunities available with one of the 12- to 18-month training programs through the local community college.