Jan 24 – OPINION: Michael J. Hicks: Some Facts About the Indiana Job Market You Won’t Read Anywhere Else (copy) | columnists

One area of ​​growing frustration for me is the poor quality of information Hoosiers receive about job markets. It’s not the incessant political twist around the monthly job report or the use of dubious job postings that annoys me. Indiana is hardly the only country to develop political spin. I worry that honest efforts to develop educational and human resource development policies suffer from inferior data and analysis.

I’m hardly the first to comment on this subject. Just last week, one of my business colleagues wrote an open letter to the governor about the misuse of payroll statistics. Instead of speculating on why we’re not better at these most mundane and innocuous government tasks, I’m going to share some data. I will focus primarily on the last two decades since the turn of the century to address labor supply and demand in our states.

Michael J. Hicks, Ph.D., is Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research and the George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Economics at Ball State University’s Miller College of Business. Contact him at [email protected]