Weekly Update – January 21, 2021



January 21, 2021

In This Issue


Cost of Living Index: Q4 2020 Is Now Available

Featured Event

The Workforce Information Advisory Council (WIAC): Recommendations on Workforce and Labor Market Information

Data Visualization

Here’s Where the Jobs Are – in One Chart


Cost of Living Index: Q4 2020 Is Now Available

Highlight: The Most Expensive and Least Expensive Cities to Rent an Apartment

From the beginning of 2020, rates on apartment rentals have shifted a significant amount from previous quarters. With the ongoing pandemic more people are moving away from the cities to locations closer to family or places with a lower cost of living. This has led to change in apartment prices, especially in the major metropolitan areas. As a result of these factors, we are interested in comparing the cities with the most and least expensive rent for two-bedroom, 950 square foot equivalent apartments.

Please note this publication is a replace for the Quarter 2, 2020 report that was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the full press release here.

Will the $600 Stimulus Cover Housing Costs?

With the newly released Quarter 4, 2020 Cost of Living Index, C2ER researchers looked at what metro areas have rental and home mortgage payments where the $600 stimulus would cover one month of housing expenses. Geographically these cities are focused in the South and Midwest.

Amarillo, TX is the only city in the table below where 100% of the monthly mortgage payment is low enough to use stimulus money from one person. Combined with home prices, the monthly rate is calculated using a 30-year interest rate. Apartment rent falls below $600 in five U.S. cities according to the Quarter 4, 2020 report. Read the full post here.

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C2ER/LMI Events

Featured Event

C2ER/LMI Institute Monthly Series Webinar:

The Workforce Information Advisory Council (WIAC): Recommendations on Workforce and Labor Market Information

January 26, 2021

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

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Non-Members: $50.00

eLearning Courses

Basic LMI Analyst eLearning


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Foundations of Economic Development Research: Introduction to Data Sources eLearning


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Live Events

C2ER/LMI Institute Member-Only Workshop:


Analyzing COVID-19’s Economic Impact on Your Region: Presented by Chmura

February 17, 2021

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

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This Workshop is FREE to all C2ER and LMI Institute Members

Seating is limited to 40 attendees

C2ER/LMI Institute Training:

Intermediate R Programming for Workforce and Economic Development Research

February 16, 18, 23, 25 and March 2, 4, 2021

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET

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C2ER/LMII Annual Conference:

The Great Pivot: Reinvention for Recovery and Resilience

June 7 – 11, 2021

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Data Visualization

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Appalachian Regional Commission – POWER Initiative 2021 RFP Overview

Bloomberg CityLab – Could California’s Shopping Centers Be a Housing Fix?

Build Back Better.org – Fact Sheet: President-elect Biden’s Day One Executive Actions Deliver Relief for Families Across America Amid Converging Crises

Bureau of Economic Analysis – Innovation at BEA: Data Projects in 2021

Bureau of Labor Statistics – Consumer Price Index: 2020 in Review

Census Bureau – Statement from U.S. Census Bureau Director

Shelterforce – Advancing Antiracism in Community Development

Site Selection Magazine – The 2021 Regional Workforce Development Rankings

Talking Points Memo – Trump’s Census Director Announces Resignation, Cutting Term Short By Several Months

World Economic Forum – Workplace Disrupted: Five Themes That Will Define the Future of Work



American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – Failure to Act Report

Apartment List – Rent Debt & Racial Inequality in 2021

Bureau of Labor Statistics – Labor Force Characteristics by Race and Ethnicity, 2019

WalletHub – 2021’s Best & Worst States to Drive In

World Economic Forum – The Global Risks Report 2021


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Other Upcoming Industry Events

Smart Growth America

America’s Equity Summit

January 26 – 28, 2021

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET

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Pricing: Free

American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Workforce Development Institute Virtual Meeting

Adjusting Through Adversity

January 27 – 28, 2021

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National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA)

2021 Winter Policy (Virtual) Forum

February 10 & 11, 2021

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Coleridge Initiative National Convening:

Jobs Data for Evidence-Based Policy and Practice

March 3 – 4, 2021

11:00 AM – 4:30 PM ET

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National League of Cities

(Virtual) Congressional City Conference

March 7 – 10, 2021

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Census Bureau

Save the Date: 2021 Local Employment Dynamics Partnership Virtual Workshop

April 30, 2021

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