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Local Employment Dynamics’Analytic Tools

Use existing data to link multiple sources

Create new data and products

Reduce cost and respondent burden

Make data available while protecting confidentiality

The Concept – Data Integration


New data and products

Local Employment Dynamicsmerges multiple data snapshots into informative movies about the U.S. society and economy

Local Employment Dynamics

  • A voluntary partnership between the states and the Census Bureau

  • States supply quarterly worker and business wage records

  • Census Bureau merges the state records with other data to produce new data and products about jobs, workers, industries and your local economy

States in LED Partnership

States in LED Partnership

  • State partners 45

  • States in the process of joining 3

  • NE, OH, SD

  • States yet to join 3

    CT, MA, NH


Next to Business & Industry

Click on Local Employment Dynamics

Then click on Quick Links to:

OnTheMap, QWI Online,


Or click on

Data Tools

Local Employment Dynamics’ Tools and Featureshttp://lehd.did.census.gov

Community Economic Development HotReporthttp://CED.census.gov

  • Available for all counties/ county equivalents in the U.S. (not towns/cities)

  • Contains ETA WIRED regions (Generations 1, 2 and 3)

  • In future, may allow user-created aggregations of counties

  • Publicly released at Workforce Innovations in mid-July

Community Economic Development HotReport Features

Older WorkerProfiles

  • Reports on workers aged 55+ are being released for 31 states over next six months

  • 36.8 million people are age 65 and older (12% of population)

  • 5.1 million people are age 85 and older


QWI Online

NAICS or SIC option

Shows most recent quarter of data

Links to available states

QWI Online – Flagship Product

2-, 3-, and 4-digit NAICS code

8 age categories

Entries updated instantaneously

QWI Online “Pivot” or Comparison Tables

Key Features of Industry Focus

Ranking and multiple indicator selection

State, county, Workforce Investment Areas (WIA), metro areas

Industry Focus provides…

…easy, intuitive selection criteria and economic indicators for your geography, work force, and industry.

Click on industry to see workforce characteristics.

Uses for OnTheMap

Economic Planning & Time Series

- Where is the labor supply located?

- Which industries are growing or declining over


Transportation planning & analysis

- Between which areas do workers commute?

Emergency management

- Daytime population estimates


Mapping Missouri Tornado Path

F-Scale: F3 between Clever and NixaPath Length: ~40 miles     

Width: 1/4 to 1/2 mile     Time: 10:08 – 11:00 P.M.

*Source: National Weather Service

OnTheMap: Where People Go to Work

Where do people who live in the path of the tornado work?

OnTheMap: Where Workers Live

Where do workers employed at jobs located in the path of the tornado live?

Cross-Border Labor Shed Using Concentric Circle Analysis

Report from Concentric Circle Analysis

OnTheMap: Downtown St. LouisProposed Mississippi River Bridge Project

OnTheMapLED’s online dynamic mapping tool

  • 42 states online

  • User-selected areas

  • Block is base unit for display; block group is base unit for report

  • Geographic layers such as community colleges and zip codes

  • Where do workers live?

  • Where do residents work?

  • Reports on age, earnings, and industries with three years of data

  • Cross-state flows

Local Employment Dynamics’ Tools and Featureshttp://lehd.did.census.gov

ThreeLearning Aids for Using OnTheMap

  • e-Learning module - On The Map Tour:on lehd.did.census.gov home page under Quick Links – 12 minute illustrated and narrated scenario

  • Exercise:provides text and pictures to do a step by step labor shed exercise in Clark County, WA

  • Help includes Glossary of Terms:“Help” is located at the top of every On The Map page

Selecting Your Basic Geography

Type “Irv” in Place Name Lookup; Highlight in City Lookup Results

Displaying City of Irvine OnTheMap

OnTheMap Zoom Out:Click, drag and drop

What if I Goof Up?

  • Back Arrow: will undo most single mistakes

  • Clear: clear the points, thermals and selected geography

  • Place Name Lookup: use this if things get really confusing; just type in your place name and start over

Background Map Layers

Example: Zip Code Layer

Create/Change Overlay: Create Travel Sheds

Travel Sheds Defined

Commute shed - Plots and reports where those who live in the selection area work.

Labor shed - Plots and reports where those who work in the selection area live.

Create Travel ShedSelect Labor Shed & Shed Report

Type Report Name Here

Types of Reports

  • Shed: shows top 10 cities and counties and top 3 states where people in the selection area live or work.

  • Area Profile: shows job counts, workers’ age and wage ranges, and industry types.

  • QWI: shows 10 Quarterly Workforce Indicators (in Labor Shed only.)

  • The text box allows you to name your report.

  • Reports can be downloaded.

  • Screen can be bookmarked as a website.

Selection Tools: Choose Layer

Selection Layer :Select Incorporated Cities

Draw Line Through Irvine to Outline City Boundaries

Display Options: PointsLet the Hourglasses Spin

Display Options: ThermalsWhere Workers Live

Both Points & Thermals

Labor Shed ReportPop-up blockers OFF!

Change Report with Re-use Selection

Area Profile Report: Characteristics of Irvine’s Workers

Buffered Selection: Set Width of Corridor & Draw Line

QWI Report Only Available for Labor Shed

Create & Continue Paired Areas

Paired Area Analysis: Circle and Freehand Selections

Analyze Concentric Rings

Set Radii of Concentric Rings

Concentric Circle Report

Change Shed with Re-use Selection

Keep in Mind…

  • LED not yet national in scope.

  • LED does not yet include military, self-employed or federal workers.

  • Data in OnTheMap refreshed annually. QWI are refreshed quarterly. Not all states supply data at the same rate.

Want to Learn More? Try Our e-learning Tools!

Contact Us

  • General Comments/Suggestions

  • CES.Local.Employment.Dynamics@census.gov

  • Local Employment Dynamics

  • http://lehd.did.census.gov

  • Community Economic Development HotReport

  • http://ced.census.gov

  • Join the OnTheMap ListServ

  • CES.LEHD.Production.List@census.gov

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