Southeast Region Market Information is “OnTheMap”
The Census Bureau’s online mapping tool provides a wealth of location-specific labor market information
“If you want to put yourself on the map, publish your own map.” - Ashleigh Brilliant
This isn’t your same old blog post about data. Instead of analyzing and sharing data, this post covers how to access an extremely useful “big data” labor market information tool. What is this tool? The U.S. Census Bureau’s OnTheMap web-based mapping and reporting application.
What’s so great about OnTheMap? Typically, we report labor market information at the state and county level. Local-level data is harder to come by. Along with the ability to provide labor market profiles of small and large nonstandard areas, OnTheMap graphically demonstrates where people work and where workers live. Users can define their own geographies and obtain data and maps at the census-block level of detail. This flexibility can quickly provide information for emergency and transportation planning, site location and economic development.
- Do you want to understand commuting patterns for a particular area? OnTheMap can generate maps of outflow and inflow.
- Do you want to know the basic characteristics of workers in your town? OnTheMap has that information.
- Do you want to identify the employment characteristics along a specific stretch of highway? OnTheMap can deliver that data.
- Do you want to discern how many workers live within a 50-mile radius of a particular site?OnTheMap delivers.
Where People Work
Let’s run through a few examples of how OnTheMap outputs can help you understand your local economy. Suppose the Moab City Council wants to know where the residents of their town work. OnTheMap indicates more than half of the city’s working residents are employed in the city.
Next, the mayor wants to know how many workers travel into Moab for employment. OnTheMap suggests that far more workers commute in than out of Moab. In-commuters are most likely to drive significant distances into Moab.
Labor Market Characteristics
Now, these local government officials have decided they would like to know the characteristics of those folks that work or live in Moab. OnTheMap can provide age-group, earnings, industry, race/ethnicity, gender and educational attainment information. For example, OnTheMap shows the following characteristics for working residents of Moab:
· One-fourth are 29 years or younger
· 23 percent make more than $3,333 a month
· 36 percent work in Accommodation and Food Services.
· 8 percent are Latino
· 17 percent have at least a Bachelor’s degree
· 45 percent are female