Welcome, readers, to the inaugural post of the Montana Labor Market Blog.
We at the Montana Department of Labor & Industry get excited about the information we produce and are always looking for new and better ways to share it with the public. So excited, in fact, that we have trouble waiting for our monthly newsletters and press releases to get our information to you.
Enter the Montana Labor Market Blog. The purpose of our website's newest feature is threefold:
- To allow our economists and statisticians to disseminate information as soon as it becomes available.
- To give the public direct access to Montana Department of Labor and Industry economists by allowing users to submit questions about the state's economic issues.
- To be an educational resource, presenting basic knowledge on how Labor Market Information is produced, and how it can be used by business owners, policymakers, career development professionals, students, and job seekers.
Let's face it, we produce a ton of Labor Market Information (LMI), and some of it can be difficult to wade through.
- What's the difference between an occupation's "Mean Annual Wage" and its "Median Annual Wage?"
- How are employment projections produced and how accurate are they?
- What is "Seasonal Adjustment" and why does it change the monthly employment numbers?
If you've ever wondered about these or similar questions, our "Labor Market Info-101" feature is for you. Blog posts in this category will answer some of the most common LMI questions.
Our "Ask an Economist" feature is your chance to pick the brains of our knowledgeable team of economists about issues affecting the Montana economy. Simply click the green "Submit a Question" button near the top of the left menu bar. We can't promise we'll answer every question with an individual post, but all legitimate questions will receive a response.
Finally, our "Career Connections" posts will keep you updated on the career development side of LMI, highlighting our wealth of career development tools and information, and showing you how to get the most out of them.
We aim to make the Montana Labor Market Blog as useful as possible to as many people as we can, and readers like you have the opportunity to shape future content. If you find a particular post or subject interesting or relevant, be sure to share it using the social media buttons provided, or simply shoot us an email letting us know what you liked and what you'd like to see more of. And keep those questions coming!