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Frequently Asked Questions:

Who is EMSI and how reliable is the data?
How does Montgomery College have access to this data?
What kind of data is available and who can I contact?



Who is EMSI and how reliable is the data?

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Economic Modeling Specialists, Int. (EMSI) started conducting economic impact studies in 2000 (under the name CCbenefits) to show the economic contribution of higher education.  In the course of conducting these studies and collecting the data, EMSI built a set of simple web-based tools to bring the information together and make it easier to use.  Today, they supply these tools to many community colleges, universities, workforce boards, economic development groups, and private industry throughout the U.S. so they can better understand the local employment picture.


EMSI’s data is composed of comprehensive information on industries, occupations, demographics — as well as things like occupational skills, education, training, and even the names and size of companies in your region broken down by industry.  EMSI links nearly 90 data sources from federal sources like the Bureau of Labor Statistics to state and private sources.


U.S. Department of Commerce

Bureau of Economic Analysis

  • State Personal Income and Employment
  • Local Area Personal Income and Employment
  • Industry Economic Accounts, Benchmark and Annual Input-Output (I-O) Accounts

U.S. Census Bureau

  • American Community Survey
  • County Business Patterns
  • ZIP Code Business Patterns
  • Nonemployer Statistics
  • Local Employment Dynamics (LED)
  • TIGER/Line File (with additions by DM Solutions Group)
  • Population Estimates
  • U.S. National and State Population Projections
  • Census 2000 Summary Files 1 and 3 (SF 1, SF 3)


U.S. Department of Labor

Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW)
  • Current Employment Statistics (CES)
  • Current Population Survey (CPS)
  • Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS)
  • National Compensation Survey
  • National Industry-Occupation Employment Matrix (10-year, current/projected)
  • Occupational Employment Statistics (OES)
  • Occupational Education and Training Projections


Employment and Training Administration (ETA)

  • Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed
  • National O*NET Consortium, O*NET Production Database


U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
  • Office of Educational Research and Improvement for the CIP, 2000 Standard Occupational Classification Crosswalk to 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics

  • Health, United States


U.S. Postal Service

  • Address Information Systems (AIS) Products, Delivery Statistics
  • AIS Products, 5-Digit ZIP Product
  • AIS Products, City State Product


Internal Revenue Service

  • Statistics of Income Division, County-to-County Migration Data


U.S. Railroad Retirement Board

  • Annual Railroad Retirement Act and Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act Statistical Tables


Private sources

Note: In addition to our federal sources, we use state and (where available) sub-state industry projections produced by all 50 individual states.


Typical labor market data ignores much of the economy. On average, about 35% of all county level data is suppressed to hide firm-specific numbers. These datasets also generally exclude proprietors, understating the total number of workers by an average of 17%. In contrast, EMSI Data removes suppressions and includes proprietors, creating a more complete picture of the regional workforce.


EMSI’s clients include some of the leading community colleges in the United States (Valencia Community College, Monroe Community College, Houston Community College, and, of course, Montgomery College), as well as workforce boards and economic development groups across the country, including Montgomery County.



How does Montgomery College have access to this data?

The College has a subscription to Economic Modeling Specialists, Int. (EMSI) services that is renewed annually.  We have been an EMSI client since 2007 and the data has been used extensively in planning, grant writing, and program development.  Currently, the College pays for ten institutional logins, which are reviewed annually.  Offices that have access to the data include the Vice President of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, Institutional Advancement, the Office of Grants and Business Services, Workforce Development and Continuing Education, and the Vice President/Provosts.  For more information, please contact Kevin Long, Extension 7-7972 or via email at



What kind of data is available and who can I contact for a custom report?

Analyst is a web-based tool that puts in-depth, local employment data and analysis in the hands of regional planners, researchers, and developers. Analyst gives you quick, easy access to EMSI’s well-known labor market data—the most comprehensive and up-to-date employment data available—and is a great starting point for making clear, data-driven decisions.


Industry Data

  • 2-6 Digit NAICS Industries
  • 2001-Present Historic Data
  • 10-year Projections
  • Regionalized Staffing Patterns by Industry
  • Average Annual Earnings
  • Establishments
  • Unemployment by 2-Digit NAICS

Occupation Data

  • Full Detail SOC Occupations
  • 2001-Present Historic Data
  • 10-year Projections
  • Regionalized Staffing Patterns by Occupation
  • Average Annual Earnings
  • Median and Percentile Earnings
  • Unemployment by 2-Digit SOC


  • Population by Age, Race/Ethnicity, and Gender
  • Educational Attainment (current and projected)


  • Businesses (by name and size) tied to NAICS codes
  • Career Clusters
  • O*NET (Occupational Competencies)
  • Patents


For questions about the data or to request a customized report, please contact Kevin Long ( 240-567-7972.



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