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Employment Projections

The Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections (OOSEP) develops information about the labor market for the Nation as a whole for 10 years in the future; labor force trends by sex, race or Hispanic origin, and age; and employment trends by industry and occupation. In addition to this information, many other items of interest related to the outlook for jobs are available from this site.

Occupational Employment Training, and Earnings

This site enables you to compare occupations in terms of employment size, projected employment growth, earnings, education and training requirements, opportunities for self-employment and part-time work, and unemployment. It presents data on 2006 and projected 2016 employment for approximately 700 detailed occupations classified by usual education and training requirements. For each occupation, information also is provided on the proportion of workers who were self-employed in 2006, and its quartile ranking among all detailed occupations in terms of earnings, unemployment rate, and proportion of part-time workers.

Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics' "Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)" is a nationally recognized source of career information. It describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations. Employment in the hundreds of occupations covered in the 2008-2009 Handbook accounts for about 7 out of every 8 jobs in the economy. The occupational information provides valuable assistance to individuals making career decisions about their future work lives.

Occupational Projections and Training Data (OPTD)

This statistical and research supplement to the Occupational Outlook Handbook presents detailed, comprehensive statistics used in preparing the Handbook (update scheduled to be published in the spring of 2008). It also discusses how the data are prepared and presents new research—information that is valuable to training officials, education planners, vocational and employment counselors, jobseekers, and others interested in occupational information.

Projections methodology

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projections of industrial and occupational employment are developed in a series of six interrelated steps, each of which is based on a different procedure or model and related assumptions: labor force, aggregate economy, final demand (GDP) by consuming sector and product, industry output, employment by industry, and on employment by occupation. The results produced by each step are key inputs to following steps, and the sequence may be repeated multiple times to allow feedback and to insure consistency.

The following surveys provide inputs for the BLS projections program.

  • Current Employment Statistics Survey (CES)
    The Current Employment Statistics (CES) program is a monthly survey conducted by State employment security agencies in cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The survey provides employment, hours and earnings estimates based on payroll records of business establishments. The CES survey is the primary source of industry employment totals used in the 2006 national employment matrix.
  • Current Population Survey (CPS)
    The Current Population Survey (CPS), a monthly household survey, conducted by the Bureau of the Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, provides a comprehensive body of information on the employment and unemployment experience of the Nation's population, classified by age, sex, race, and a variety of other characteristics. The BLS projections program uses CPS employment and earnings data for selected occupations and industries.
  • Occupational Employment Statistics Survey (OES)
    The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey collects data on occupational employment of wage and salary workers by industry in nonfarm establishments. The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the procedures and technical assistance for the survey; State Employment Security Agencies (SESA) collect the data. The OES survey is the primary source of employment and earnings data used in the BLS occupational projections program.

State Occupational Projections

Projections of occupational employment growth are developed for all States. This site allows projected employment growth for an occupation to be compared among States. It also allows projected employment growth among occupations to be compared within one State.

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Last Modified Date: April 15, 2008