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Employment Projections
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National Employment Matrix: Related Information

Employment Projections

The Employment Projections program 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 Databases

The National Employment Matrix database displays data on 2018 and projected 2028 employment and employment change. Users can search by occupation or by industry. For example, data on secretaries and executive assistants can be found across all industries in which they are employed, and data on the construction industry can be displayed by detailed occupation.

The Occupational Projections Data database displays data on 2018 and projected 2028 employment, employment change, occupational openings, education, training, and wages for each detailed National Employment Matrix occupation. Users can obtain specific data for any occupation in the matrix and compare the results with data on other detailed occupations.

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, wages, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations. Employment in the hundreds of occupations covered in the Handbook accounts for about 4 out of every 5 jobs in the economy. The occupational information provides valuable assistance to individuals making career decisions about their future work lives.

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 of businesses and government agencies conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The survey provides employment, hours, and earnings estimates based on payroll records of establishments. The CES survey is the primary source of industry employment totals used in the National Employment Matrix.
  • Current Population Survey (CPS)
    The Current Population Survey (CPS), a monthly household survey, conducted by the Census Bureau 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 Employment Projections program uses CPS employment data for selected 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 Workforce Agencies (SWAs) collect the data. The OES survey is the primary source of employment and wage data used in the Employment Projections program.

State Occupational Projections

Projections Central provides occupational employment projections that 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. Contact information for State labor market information offices is available at


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Last Modified Date: September 4, 2019