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Using Illinois Employment Data in Civic Innovation

The State of Illinois publishes a wealth of employment data on a monthly basis-- everything from employment projections to mass layoff statistics to detailed reports on "local employment dynamics".

Gideon Blustein, Deputy Director of Business Services and Evelina Tainer Loescher, Manager of the Economic Information and Analysis Division of the Illinois Department of Employment Security will be here in our next meetup to discuss this data and how it could be used to reduce unemployment and make lives better in the Chicago(-land) area & all of Illinois.

I've heard from a number of people with items for the agenda and/or demos. Here's what we've got thus far:

-- Virginia Carlson will talk about an organization that was an important precursor to this work: a consortium that included the Chicago Community Trust, People's Gas, the Federal Reserve Bank, and others called the "Illinois Economic Data Base Consortium"

-- Genevieve Borich will show Rockford Region Vital Signs, where they have been using a lot of employment data for community leaders to visualize relationships between employment and other community topics.

-- Bruce Montgomery pointed out the winning apps from the Occupational Employment Statistics Challenge. I encourage you to eyeball those and we can review them tomorrow as well.

-- Christopher Whitaker will show his "Unemployment by State Senate District" project

If you have an addition, let me know. We'll check this stuff out briefly and dive in to the meat of the discussion with our friends from IDES. Don't forget-- there's plenty of data to review!

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