MERIC Receives Award from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) was honored at the 22nd Annual National Bureau of Labor Statistics Labor Market Information Conference last week in St. Louis. 

Kathleen Utgoff, Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), presented MERIC an Eminent Achievement Award for outstanding innovation and timeliness in advancing the federal-state Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program during a period of unparalleled natural disasters. 

MERIC worked with the federal government to produce specialized maps detailing the economic impacts of Hurricane Katrina on Gulf Coast workers and businesses. The maps looked at how the hurricane affected workers, businesses and transportation systems in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.  Much of the data came from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program.

MERIC was asked to produce the maps as part of a pilot program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. The pilot program seeks to illustrate how maps and spatial analysis using federal data can be effective tools for decision-making. MERIC also produced maps for BLS for Hurricane Rita.

Examples of the maps created as a part of this project can be seen on the MERIC website.


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