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 Texas LMI 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 Texas LMI!
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 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.