For over 10 years, Economic Modeling Specialists Intl., or EMSI, has been providing data-driven services to clients who want to gain the best possible understanding of labour markets and the employment market. Thousands of users in the United Kingdom and United States are already using Analyst, EMSI’s web-based tool for exploring employment data. Now, we’re excited to announce the arrival of Analyst for Canada, a brand-new way for Canadian colleges, businesses, and others to get the best employment data available.
About Analyst’s Data
Anyone who’s tried to work with Canadian labour market data knows that it’s never been easy to get, or to use. Before Analyst, looking for Canadian employment data meant relying on two main sources. There was the detailed data of the Census — but Census data is collected every five years, and doesn’t come out for two years after that. Or, there were the provincial SEPH and LFS datasets, which are released every year, but are not nearly as detailed or region-specific as the Census. EMSI’s Analyst tool allows users to access a better dataset, one that combines the specificity of the Census with the current numbers of the provincial data.
Thanks to our diverse set of sources, EMSI is able to update Analyst twice a year, to make sure that our users have current information. But at the same time, EMSI’s data is remarkably detailed. Analyst gives users access to data on 305 industry classifications using the NAICS system. It covers 522 occupations from Statistics Canada’s NOC-S classification system. And it applies those classifications to over 4,300 different, integrated geographical areas that can be combined and compared in any way you need.
EMSI’s data even helps you deal with the biggest problem with Census data — suppressions. To protect the privacy of citizens and businesses, StatCan removes a lot of specific, low-level data about workforces and the economy from what it releases to the public. This is great for public at large, but it puts you and your decision-making at a disadvantage. EMSI uses a unique statistical model to reverse-engineer a great deal of the data that StatCan leaves out, so that you get a more complete picture of your region’s economy than Census data could give you on its own.
Analyst for Canada’s sources include:
- Canadian Business Patterns (CBP)
- The most recent Census data Survey of Employment, Payroll and Hours (SEPH)
- Labour Force Surveys (LFS)
- Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS)
- CanSim Demographics
By combining these sources, EMSI data encompasses a rich set of labour market and demographic information:
- Establishment counts
- Location counts
- Earnings data by class of worker
- Employment data by class of worker or industry
- Annual employment and weekly earnings by industry
- Annual employment and earnings by industry and occupation
- Historic and projected age, gender, birth, death and population component data
Follow us on Twitter @desktopecon. Email Cullen Kennison, our Canadian sales contact, if you have any questions or comments, or would like to see further data and information about Analyst for Canada.