Data-Driven Decisions: Using LMI to Grow Michigan’s Economy (webcast)

Finding, training and retaining talent is a priority of every business leader, hiring manager and HR professional. At the same time, job seekers are concerned with making the right investment in education and training to support their next career move or to land a sustainable job.

Data is crucial to making these decisions, successfully connecting the labor market and spurring economic growth in our state.

Join the State of Michigan’s Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives (LMISI) for a high-level overview of the kind of information available through LMISI and how to access it for talent planning purposes.

Key takeaways:

  • Learn what data is available through LMISI.
  • Discover the basics of how to access and interpret this data.
  • Explore how data is used for economic development and workforce development purposes.
  • Equip yourself with resources and contacts in your region to who can help you get answers to more complex labor market questions.
Who Should Attend:
  • Michigan Works! staff (business services, employment services, program managers, etc.)
  • Economic developers (state and local)
  • College, university and training institution staff
  • Other talent organization staff
Recorded on

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


$10 members; $12 non-members


Presented by:

Scott Powell, Director of Research, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, State of Michigan

As Director of Research for the Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, Scott and his team lead state efforts to turn labor market data into actionable information for state and local workforce partners. He has over ten years of experience in workforce research, specializing in longitudinal data systems, program evaluation, and international labor market policy. He previously held appointments at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, where he developed multiple research projects for the State of New Jersey, as well as the University of Tennessee. Scott is a native of the Flint area and holds degrees from Michigan State University and Ohio State University.

Dr. Leonidas Murembya, Regional Research Coordinator, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, State of Michigan

Dr. Leonidas Murembya is an economic specialist at the Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives. He coordinates the Bureau’s regional economic research, including writing monthly regional labor market analyses, developing and delivering a labor market information (LMI) certification training program for Michigan’s LMI users, and presenting to regional economic and workforce developers on local area’s economic trends. He is also an assistant professor of economics at Michigan State University, where he develops and teaches courses in development economics and evaluation of public policies and programs.