IMPLAN's settings and defaults can be altered using the Preferences menu located in your User Profile. From the IMPLAN dashboard, click on the avatar icon next to your user profile name in the upper right, and a call out box will open. Choose Preferences. There are currently two sections in Preferences, Default Settings and Industry Aggregation.
Customize IMPLAN even further by adjusting your default settings for Data Year, Dollar Year, and Occupational Data Year on your User Preferences page. Changes on this page are applicable throughout the entire application and are not on a per-project basis.
Data Year is the year of the dataset that you are utilizing for your analysis. By selecting a Default Setting for the Data Year, IMPLAN will automatically select that Data Year when you create a new project. The user can always change the Data Year within a Project by using the drop down menu on the Regions screen or in the Selected Group on the Impact screen.
Currently, IMPLAN has annual datasets for 2001+. In addition to each of the annual datasets, a user can also select the “Most Recent Data Year” to be the Default Data Year. Selecting the “Most Recent Data Year” will allow IMPLAN to automatically change to the newest annual data set once it has been released and set to the IMPLAN system default.
In IMPLAN, the Dollar Year is the year in which the dollars are represented on the screen. IMPLAN uses them to determine the appropriate Deflator for adjusting to the selected Data Year. Dollar Year selections occur on both the Impacts and Results screens. On the Impact screen, this is usually set to the same as the year in which your event occurred or is expected to occur. On the Results screen, Dollar Year is set to the year in which you want to report your results.
By selecting a Default Setting for the Dollar Year, IMPLAN will automatically display your Default Dollar Year selection in both the Impact and Results screen when you create a new project. The user can always change the Dollar Year within a Project by using the drop down menu on the Impacts screen or by changing the Filter on the Results screen. These changes are not retroactive on Selected Groups in the Impacts screen from previous projects. However, the Dollar Year on the Results screen is retroactive and will always display your Default Dollar Year Setting, even on previous projects.
IMPLAN allows a user to select any year between 1997-2060 as the Default Setting for Dollar Year. In addition, a user can also select the “Current Year” to be their Default Dollar Year. Selecting the “Current Year” will allow IMPLAN to automatically change to the Dollar Year to match the current calendar year.
Occupation Data Year
IMPLAN has added its Occupation Employment by Industry data to the IMPLAN application. This dataset shows estimates of occupation employment, wages, hours, and core competencies which include knowledge, skills, abilities, education, work experience, and on-the-job training levels for each of the 823 different occupations. The dataset is available to users in the Regions Details screen and the Results screen.
By selecting a Default Occupation Data Year, IMPLAN will automatically select that Occupation Data Year when you create a new project. This change is retroactive. When viewing a previous project, IMPLAN will display your Default Occupation Data Year in the Occupation tables. The user can always change the Occupation Data Year within a Project by using the Filter on the Regions Details and Results screens.
Currently, IMPLAN has Occupational datasets for 2018+. In addition to each of the Occupational datasets, a user can also select the “Default Occupation Data Year” to be their Default setting. Selecting the “Default Occupation Data Year” will allow IMPLAN to automatically change to the newest Occupational data set once it has been released.
Industry Aggregation allows users to combine Industries together. You can create your own custom aggregation scheme or create a project using a pre-built Industry Aggregation scheme based on North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Codes, either by NAICS Sector (2-digit) or Subsector (3-digit).
CREATING YOUR OWN SCHEME
IMPLAN allows users to create a Custom Aggregation Scheme using IMPLAN’s current 546 Industry Scheme or the previous 536 Industry Scheme. You cannot create a customized aggregation scheme from one of IMPLAN’s older Industry Schemes. From the Preferences screen, click on the box labeled NEW CUSTOM SCHEME and select the IMPLAN Industry Scheme you would like to start with.
This will take you to the New Industry Scheme page. The box on the left side of the screen contains all 546 IMPLAN Industries. To begin your scheme, click on + Add New Industry.
A popup will appear asking you to name your New Industry. For this example, we will create a New Industry for all transportation manufacturing (IMPLAN Industries 340-364). So, we’ll name our New Industry accordingly. Next, hit SAVE.
The name of the New Industry is now in the box on the right. To add the IMPLAN Industries that we want to include, click on each from the box on the left so that it is highlighted in teal. Next, drag the highlighted set to the New Industry. If the full Industry name is not viewable, hover over the Industry and the full name will appear.
The Industries you selected will no longer appear in the box on the left. The box on the right will show the number of Industries included in each New Industry just to the right of the name. In this example, there are 25 Industries in this New Industry.
To view or edit what Industries are included, click the down arrow and the New Industry will expand to show the list. Here you can also delete and add additional individual Industries. Use the up arrow at the bottom of the list to collapse it.
To change the name of the New Industry, click on the pencil icon. To delete it, click on the trash can icon.
In this example, we will look at Transportation Manufacturing against all other manufacturing. So, create another New Industry called All Other Manufacturing by following the same process. This group will include IMPLAN Industries 63-339 and 365-391 for a total of 304 included Industries.
To keep the remaining Industries at the individual Industry level, leave them in the box on the left. To create another group that contains the remaining Industries, add another New Industry and include all 217 remaining Industries from the box on the left. You can add all of the Industries that remain on the left to a new Industry on the right by clicking the Select All button. Then hit Complete.
Note, there is no undo button, so be careful where you drag your Industries to ensure that they end up in the correct spot. Also, individual Industries will populate in the order you add them in; they will not sort numerically.
CREATING A PROJECT FROM PREFERENCES
You can also start a New Project using an aggregation scheme from Preferences. On the Industry Aggregation tab, click New Project.
A box will pop up that will prompt you to Create a New Project, exactly as if you started from the Projects screen. Name the New Project and ensure that the Aggregation Scheme represents the desired selection. Then, click CREATE PROJECT.
Written March 7, 2022