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Four years into producing stories on unemployment woes, you may be looking for new angles. The good news is that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has a treasure trove of data that offer fresh insights on your local jobs market.
In this hourlong, live session you’ll learn where to find the local statistics to substantiate the trend stories you are seeing — and find new ones. The Webinar will feature examples of how your colleagues have used BLS data to produce enterprising local stories.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
You will learn how to use BLS numbers to find and analyze the following data:
- Unemployment: Dig deeper into the national unemployment figures and find stats on the jobless by age, industry, race and education level.
- Employment sectors: How many people work in leisure/hospitality or finance or in your area, and how has that changed over the past year, five years or 10 years?
- Wages: Find fun facts such as how average weekly wages have changed in your state or metro area. You can search for all employees or specific sectors.
- Hot jobs: What professions are the fastest-growing nationally? How many carpenter jobs will exist in 2018? How many registered nurses?
- Employment population ratio, percentage of population in the workforce: Find out why these two measures can be more telling than just the unemployment rate alone.
Note: You don’t need to have a familiarity with Excel spreadsheets to benefit from this training. However, much BLS data can be downloaded and analyzed in Excel.
Tami Luhby is a senior writer at CNNMoney.com, where she covers the economy. Previously, she covered personal finance for Newsday. Before joining Newsday, she worked at Crain’s New York Business and American Banker. Luhby also teaches at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, from which she graduated in 1997.
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ABOUT THE PROGRAM
This free Webinar is sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism. If you have any questions about the Webinar or the center, please email Executive Director Linda Austin or call 602-496-9187.