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Toronto, Apr 28 (Canadian-Media): The old Labour Market Indicators (LMI) Desktop Application had been replaced this month by a new web-based interactive dashboard that makes it much easier to track the upwards and downward swings of the job market in communities across the country, media reports said.
Three essential LMIs: Statistics Canada's monthly figures on employment, unemployment and the labour force participation rate are most sought-after data, Statistics Canada reports said.
Many users including media, labour market analysts, economists, consultants, planners, forecasters and academics in both the private and public sectors access labour data using the LMI Desktop Application to see the latest numbers every month.
Private‑sector organizations use these figures to track trends in the economy, while different levels of government use them evaluation and planning Canada’s employment programs.
There has been an improvement this month, Statistics Canada reported, in the replacement of old LMI Desktop Application by a new web-based dashboard, with an updated, user-friendly, interactive and customizable interface that enables easier tracking of ups and downs of the job market in communities across the country.
The new dashboard is result of StatCan's ongoing efforts to make data more accessible. Its new visual application offers a broader picture of these indicators such as the map, the chart, the tables within one screen showing labour force characteristics at the national, provincial or census metropolitan area level.
Data visualization takes complex datasets and makes them usable and understandable. Belia Velho, from the Communications and Dissemination Branch, explains, “It's an interactive tool that will allow every average user to quickly understand the data,” StatisticsCanada reports said.
In addition, the data are right there in the application, meaning that users no longer have to extract data from CANSIM and chart those data themselves.
Currently the dashboard contains only Labour Force Survey data but later this year LMI data from other surveys will be added to the application. The goal is to respond to user requests by including key indicators from different surveys and developing new indicators that are not necessarily available on CANSIM.
The new LMI dashboard is just the beginning, said Statistics Canada. It is researching on more dynamic and interactive ways to present data visually to better support the needs of users.
Several data visualization products would be released over the next year, said the agency, including thematic maps, a 2016 Census data viewer, a population clock and chord diagrams.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)