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BLS Midwest Data Users’ Conference — May 19, 2021

You are invited to attend the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Midwest Data Users' Conference on May 19, 2021. This is a FREE virtual event that will be held via Webex.

Register now at Eventbrite.

A year and some months into a novel coronavirus pandemic, we pause to discuss the profound impact the virus has had on our region’s economies, labor markets, and beyond. Our program is in two parts. In the first session, we hear from BLS leaders who will tell us what they have been working on during the pandemic and share updated economic and workforce information. In our second session, we hear from state partners who will highlight what they are doing with BLS data to answer questions and solve problems in their states.

Advance registration is required for this event.

Please Register by Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at Eventbrite. Webex Login information will be sent via e-mail prior to the event date.

Event Information

  • When: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
  • Where: Virtual 
  • Cost: FREE
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. CDT to 12:30 p.m. CDT
  • Registration: Registration is required by Tuesday, May 18
  • Register at Eventbrite



  • 9:00 CDT    Welcome and opening remarks by Dr. Jason Palmer, BLS Regional Commissioner


    Session 1

    Despite the hardships associated with the pandemic, the BLS has continued to produce gold-standard data. The bureau has not missed a single scheduled release and has actually developed new products and made meaningful contributions to our understanding of the economic impact of COVID-19. Join BLS leaders as they highlight some of those contributions.


    9:30 CDT    How automation, telework, and global value chains are reshaping the American workforce and employment choices by Dr. William Beach, BLS Commissioner


    10:00 CDT   Long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment by Michael Wolf, Division Chief for Occupational Employment Projections


    10:30 CDT   Recent price changes: Is inflation heating up? by Jeffrey Hill, Associate Commissioner for Prices and Living Conditions


    11:00 CDT   Compensation, benefits, work requirements and the pandemic by Hilery Simpson, Acting Associate Commissioner for Compensation and Working Conditions and Joana Allamani, Economist, Office of Compensation Levels and Trends


    11:30 CDT   Break

    Session 2

    The BLS partners with states to produce valuable state and local employment and unemployment statistics, such as monthly unemployment rates and industry job counts. As a result, our state partners often find themselves using BLS data to answer questions or help solve problems. Join our panel of state experts to learn how they are putting BLS data to use in their states.  


    11:40 CDT   State Partner Panel moderated by Dr. Jason Palmer, BLS Regional Commissioner


    Jobs and COVID-19 by Mustapha Hammida, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

    UI claimants and the COVID-19 pandemic by George Putnam, State of Illinois  

    Women in the Michigan workforce by Dr. Scott Powell, Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget


    12:30 CDT          Adjourn


Contact Information

If you have any questions, contact the BLS Chicago Information Office at (312) 353-1880 or send an email.

We hope you can make it!

Please feel free to forward this invitation to any of your staff or colleagues who may be interested in joining us at the event.