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Data Library: Advancing Economic Research

February 10, 2022 by Joe Demski & Chandler West

IMPLAN’s academic roots created a continuing commitment to enhancing and promoting economic research. That’s why IMPLAN’s Data Library is available in a convenient package for anyone interested in rapidly making comparisons or examining historical trends by region and industry, tax collections by specific taxing authority, inter-county trade of goods and services, and more for all states and counties in the United States. 

The most trusted and thoroughly assembled economic data has powered IMPLAN’s modeling system for nearly 20 years. In order to save you time and provide data visualizations and cutting edge insights, IMPLAN has compiled our industry-leading data into IMPLAN’s Data Library and we’re offering it to researchers like you. Data Library includes the most advanced economic data ever offered by IMPLAN spanning from 2001 to the latest IMPLAN data set, all in a consistent format and using consistent data sources and methodologies.. 

What Data Will You Find in Data Library?

Commodity Data

Our commodity data goes back to 2001 and gives you the ability to compare changes by commodity for each year and every region. The data include foreign exports and imports, gross final demand by institution, and commodity sales by institution for each region, year, and commodity,  

Core Competencies

Core Competencies consist of Knowledge, Skill, and Ability (KSA) elements as well as required education levels, work experience, and on-the-job training using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and Occupational Information Network  (O*NET™). O*NET™ data reports 33 unique knowledge elements, 35 unique skill elements, 52 unique ability elements, 12 unique educational attainment elements, 11 unique work experience levels, and 9 unique on-the-job training levels. Core Competency can also be viewed by Industry and by region. Regions can readily be compared using Location Quotients for each Competency. 

Deflator Data

Deflator data includes values necessary to adjust for inflation and convert dollar values from nominal dollars to real dollars. Deflators included span 1997 - 2060.

Demographic Data

Demographic data originates from the Census Bureau. The data includes :

  • Number of households by nine income categories
  • Land area
  • Population
  • Population density 

You will also find values for the Shannon-Weaver Index within the Demographic data. The Shannon-Weaver Index measures economic diversity on the basis of the number of Industries in a region and the distribution of employment across those Industries. Values are expressed from 0-1 with 0 meaning total specialization and 1 meaning all industries present with employment equally spread among them.

Employment & Wages by NAICS (CEW Data)

The Employment & Wages by NAICS Data include the Census of Employment and Wages (CEW) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), including estimates for all non-disclosed values. This data includes employment, establishments, and wage for each NAICS level from two to six digits and 4 ownership types (private, Federal Government, State Government, and Local Government).

Environmental Data

IMPLAN has worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to bridge their environmental data to our Industries. This dataset gives you the ability to see the environmental flows by industry or by region. The data is expressed in ratios of physical environment unit values per dollar of Output for each Industry. This information has been applied to Industry Output by industry and region, producing the amount of each Environmental indicator for each region, year, and Industry.  There are 8 broad categories of environmental factors, each of which has additional detailed factors.  For example, the Greenhouse Gas Emissions category is further broken out into carbon dioxide, methane, etc.  The 8 broad categories are: 

  • Criteria Pollutants
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions 
  • Land Use 
  • Mineral Use 
  • Nitrogen and Phosphorus Release to Water 
  • Pesticide Emissions 
  • Toxic Chemical Releases 
  • Water Use

Industry Data

Industry Data dating back to 2001 is also found in Data Library. With this data, you can easily examine and compare values across regions, years, and Industries including:

  • Average Employee Compensation
  • Average Proprietor Income
  • Employee Compensation
  • Intermediate Inputs
  • Intermediate Inputs as a share of Output
  • Labor Income
  • Other Property Income (OPI)
  • Output
  • Output per worker
  • Proprietor Employment
  • Proprietor Income
  • Taxes on Production and Income net of subsidies (TOPI)
  • Total Employment
  • Total Value Added
  • Value Added per Worker
  • Value Added as a share of Output
  • Wage & Salary Employment

Occupation Data

Occupation data takes industry employment a step further and provides granular insight into the occupation values across industries. Occupation data provides averages and total amounts labeled by Occupation Classification for values including:

  • Employee Compensation
  • Hours Worked 
  • Occupation Count
  • Supplements to Wages and Salary
  • Wage and Salary Employment
  • Wage and Salary Income
  • Location Quotient

Tax Data

The tax data in DL comprise an intermediate step in the production of the final IMPLAN data sets and are provided in DL due to their having detail on the specific taxing authority, which is of much utility interest to some users. In this tax data set, we combine three data sources in increasing order of preference: The Census of Governments, the Annual Survey of State and Local Government Finances, and the Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections. This data provides details on regional tax authorities and demonstrates transfer payments data (e.g., taxes, fees, and government spending). The values for the state represent state-owned government activity, while the values for the counties represent locally-owned government activity. Tax Data is available from Data Year 2001 through the latest IMPLAN data year for each region and includes tax dollar value by unit of  government and transaction type. 

Trade Flow Data

IMPLAN’s domestic Trade Flow data set consists of county-to-county dollar values of domestic trade in all IMPLAN Commodities (including services). The data are estimated via a doubly-constrained gravity model. The trade captured by this dataset is for both intermediate and final uses, and includes trade within a county (a county to itself).  

Blazing a New Trail

In order to allow users the ultimate flexibility to dig into the data and customize their research, Data Library can be accessed through the IMPLAN application but is powered by Looker. Data Library features five tabs built to intuitively guide your research: Dashboard, Explores, Local Area, Footprint, and Looks.

Dashboards

Dashboards consist of both pre-built and user-defined Dashboards. Select one of the pre-built Dashboards for each data section or create your own based on your defined data queries. 

Explores

Explores are where you build and run data queries in Looker by filtering, selecting, and pivoting qualifying and quantitative query fields. Craft your queries in the Explore tab based on any Dimensions & Measures you wish.

Looks

Looks are saved data queries or reports. Update your visualizations and reports as necessary for whatever purpose or audience. With Looks, the user has the option to add this visualization to multiple Dashboards without rerunning the query.

Advancing Research

The field of economics is constantly evolving and being advanced by our users. We hope by making these data sets widely available, IMPLAN can facilitate the growth of research in the field of economics. We are excited to see the many creative ways that our partners will use these data to expand our understanding of the economy.

Why IMPLAN?

Put simply, IMPLAN is built for everyone.

Together, our software and data give you a window into your region of study — like one gigantic transaction log for the local economy. Chances are that if your project or business has a financial component, then IMPLAN can reveal some sometimes surprising detail about how your project relates to the local, state, or national economy.

What used to take economists weeks can be done in minutes. By anyone!

But you're not alone, IMPLAN's best benefits go beyond the work done in the tool:

  • Easy to learn and use
  • Outstanding customer support
  • Access to orientations, trainings, and project consultations
  • Instills confidence in your analyses

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