LMCI Internet Software Products
In the 21st century there is no better way to provide information than through the Internet. The LMCI department offers many web-based tools
to help students, counselors, teachers, workforce planners, and economic development professionals to access and use information to support
education and career decision-making and strategic labor market planning. All these tools can be accessed from the main LMCI webpage at
www.lmci.state.tx.us. Here are just a few of these on-line tools:
This is your one-stop place on the Internet
for Texas labor market statistics. This
website offers rich time series data and
provides inquiry capabilities for labor force,
employment and unemployment estimates,
industry and occupational projections and
occupational wage data. Also available
through TRACER2 are quarterly detailed
industry employment data, counts of
employers by industry and size class
distribution and payroll wages for every
county in Texas. If it involves employment
and labor force information for Texas, you
can find it in TRACER!
Imagine being asked the question, “Can
you tell us which training programs and
skill requirements we should be making
investments in if we want to have the
necessary talent to grow the alternative energy
cluster?” To answer this question, and many
others directly related to it, LMCI staff created
an Internet based analysis tool called the
Strategic Workforce Assessment Program
(SWAP). Just answer a few key questions
up front and SWAP organizes and analyzes
data to quickly inform the training investment
question. The user can select a predefined
industry cluster or create a customized
cluster or sector. Training and skill needs
can be determined for groups of industries
or occupations. Analysis can be done for any
single or multiple workforce board area and
for multiple time frames. SWAP provides
a series of reports that offer actionable
information to inform training investment
decisions. Among the outputs are baseline
industry employment data, a customized
cluster staffing pattern, extensive occupational
characteristics data, contextual training
program data, supply and demand reports and
a detailed skills gap analysis based on detailed
work activities (DWA).
This is the ultimate Texas economic development website! TIP was designed primarily
as a series of web-based analytical tools to provide an in-depth understanding of the
Texas economy and its local components. It offers 25 unique modules, each built to
address critical economic development data challenges and to help address real life
economic planning issues. Within TIP you can find an Employer Contacts module
to locate Texas business contact information, a Labor Availability Estimator (LAE)
to assess the potential labor supply for a relocation prospect and a County Narrative
Profiles (CNP) module that provides an in-depth narrative and statistical overview for
any Texas county or combination of counties. TIP also includes sophisticated regional
analysis tools such as location quotients and shift-share analysis, as well as a geographic
information systems mapping tool to locate concentrations of industry clusters.
Regional labor market analysis can be complex, time consuming and requires the
integration of mountains of typically disjointed data. However this process has been
streamlined in the automated regional planning tool called SOCRATES. This web-based
labor market planning tool employs a methodical but highly interactive process
that helps identify key growth pole industries in a region and determine critical
“targeted” occupations worthy of regional educational and training investments.
SOCRATES documents the decision points behind each targeted selection and
generates a series of useful standardized reports. It includes all the necessary data to
execute the planning process, but it also allows for the insertion of “local wisdom” to
increase the level of sensitivity to local market conditions.
Labor market information is not collected for every occupational title in Texas.
So how do you find data on unique job titles? The Texas AutoCoder accepts any
job title or job description and provides the best match to a Standard Occupational
Classification (SOC) occupational title for which data are available. Data items include
wages, projections, an occupational profile and job openings posted on Work In
Texas, the TWC electronic labor exchange system. The AutoCoder is a great tool to
help employers and HR staff to see how their job titles equate to federal SOC coded
The Texas labor market is very diverse
and full of opportunities. Texas Career Check, a multi-media
career information system, is designed
to help students and jobseekers
interactively address education and career exploration questions.
The program flows seamlessly between exploring occupations, and exploring college options. It contains detailed O*NET occupational characteristics
data and Texas state and regional labor market information. Texas Career Check also includes links to hundreds of external websites including
colleges and job posting sites, and profiles of every major college
in the United States. There are even options to connect to the
Texas Workforce Commission’s Work In Texas labor exchange
system to see if there are available jobs in any occupation. Texas Career Check provides the kind of information that allows for
more informed educational and career decisions.
With Texas Career Check, students
don’t just read about a career...THEY EXPERIENCE IT!
This joint project between TWC/LMCI and the Census Bureau has combined
several employment databases with Geographic Information System (GIS)
technology to create an online tool that shows where people live and work in Texas.
Pick a city, county or a smaller custom geography and assess commuting patterns
(where people live and where they work), earnings, industry employment profile and
much more. View maps or data tables. For non-GIS users, see the Quality Workforce
Indicators (QWI) and Industry Focus tools to see the industries with the most hiring,
new hire earnings and the age and sex distribution of the employed workforce.
There is nothing more motivational for students than showing them
the relevance between educational attainment and their earnings
power. Reality Check is designed to help students understand
the connection between lifestyle aspirations and the importance
of postsecondary education. It allows students to make lifestyle
choices, create a budget, and then to view the occupations and
preferred education levels that support those choices. Reality Check
is one of the most popular and widely replicated web sites in the
LMCI tool box.
The Texas Work Prep Learning Management System (LMS) is
designed and hosted by the Texas Workforce Commission to
manage the delivery of job search content and resources and to
facilitate “anytime, anywhere” access to learning more about getting,
and keeping, the job of your choice. Texas Work Prep contains three
on-line courses; Your Next Job, designed to assist laid off workers
reinvigorate their job search skills, the Texas Job Hunters Guide, a
complete resource to finding a new job, and Succeed At Work, which
teaches skills and tips for being successful on the job. Each online
course is designed to communicate unique aspects of successful
job hunting and excelling on the job. The goal is to help job seekers
master an effective job search process, get back to work quicker and
communicate the attributes of work excellence expected by Texas
employers. Register today and explore these on-line courses.
The State Training Inventory (STI) is a compilation of Texas
education and workforce training providers, their programs, contact
information, labor market information, enrollment and graduation
data (where available). Education and training providers can be
public, private and proprietary institutions. STI is designed to assist
customers locate education and workforce training programs, see
the connection between education and occupations, and estimate the
formal supply of skilled workers.
Many of these end-user products rely on data generated through a variety of programs operated in cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The department provides monthly, survey-based estimates of payroll employment, and estimates of unemployed persons and state and local unemployment rates.
LMCI conducts extensive employer surveys to generate occupational wage estimates and generate detailed industry employment and payroll wage data.
These data form the backbone of an extraordinarily rich data environment from which to understand the Texas labor market.