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DTMB Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives becomes Michigan Center for Data and Analytics

The Department of Technology, Management & Budget (DTMB) Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives (LMISI) is changing its name to Michigan Center for Data and Analytics (MCDA) and building on its analytical capabilities to promote informed decision making within the State of Michigan.

In September 2022, Executive Order 2022-11 mandated the creation of the MCDA to facilitate centralized information sharing across state agencies and increase access to evidence-based insights. This dedicated center, which will continue to be housed within DTMB, will provide Michigan with the expertise to analyze large datasets, understand challenges, and evaluate solutions.

MCDA is led by the state’s chief data officer, Scott Powell, who also served as the director of LMISI. The center will expand upon its existing advanced analytics capabilities, while continuing in its role as the official source for Michigan’s population and labor market information.

The new center is made up of two divisions. The Labor Market Information division continues the center’s role as the official source for Michigan employment, occupation, and industry data through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor. The Research and Analytics division focuses on leveraging state data to drive evidence-based decisions through advanced research and cross-agency collaboration. The Research and Analytics division also houses advisors on Michigan’s population and demographic data, who manage the state’s relationship with the U.S. Census Bureau.

Multiple factors pointed to why LMISI was the right fit for rebranding as the new center. In terms of subject matter expertise, LMISI has been working well outside of the labor area for many years, performing advanced analytic functions for labor, education, human services, and beyond. This rebrand reflects these capabilities. In addition, LMISI already had multiple staff serving in roles that the MCDA needs. Creating new roles for similar positions would have been unnecessarily duplicative and an inefficient use of state resources.

A new website for the MCDA is in development. In the meantime, Michigan labor market data and research can be found at Michigan.gov/LMI.