Behind the scenes at the Idaho Department of Labor are six individuals who spend their days converting economic data into employment solutions.
“As regional economists, we take the data produced by the research analysts and tell a story with it,” said Ethan Mansfield, regional economist for southwestern Idaho. “Data is meaningless unless someone is there to communicate it and interpret it, and that’s our job.”
Each region in Idaho has a designated economist who provides a link between those who produce economic data and those who need this data. The regional economists repackage and explain raw data to make it easily understandable, enhancing the community’s economic knowledge.