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Employment data are from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) and Employment Projections programs.
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Help: Employment

This section contains three reports. Each report can be viewed as a table, chart or map.

Reports include:

Current Employment

The current employment report includes total employment by occupation, state and region. Data is available for all states and Metropolitan Statistical Areas, but not all sub-state regions. You can view this information in three formats: Tables, Charts, and Maps.

  • View Table
    Includes total employment by occupation for Metropolitan Statistical Areas and sub-state regions in a table format. To view a table of total employment by state select “View National Data.”
  • View Chart
    Includes total employment by occupation for Metropolitan Statistical Areas and sub-state regions in a chart format. To view a chart of total employment by state select “View National Data.”
  • View Map
    View state and regional maps of total employment by occupation. Map areas include Metropolitan Statistical Areas and sub-state regions. Mouse over each region to view its name and total employment. To view a national map of state employment by occupation select “View National Data.”

Projected Employment

The projected employment report includes total projected employment and job openings by occupation for all states and the U.S. Employment is the number of jobs projected in this occupation. The employment projection period is from 2010 to 2020 for the U.S. and 2008 to 2018 for states. Percent change is the expected job growth for the selected occupation. The estimate for job openings includes both turnover that results from workers who leave the occupation (e.g. quit, retire, death) and new jobs that are created. You can view this information in three formats: Tables, Charts, and Maps.

  • View Table
    Includes projected national and state employment by occupation, percent change and projected job openings for the U.S. and a selected state in a table format. To view a table that includes all states select “View National Data.”
  • View Chart
    Includes projected national and state employment by occupation, percent change and projected job openings for the U.S. and a selected state in a chart format. To view a chart that includes all states select “View National Data.”
  • View Map
    View a U.S. map of projected employment by occupation. Mouse over a state to view total projected employment for the selected state and occupation. Select “View Projected Job Opening” to view a U.S. map of projected job openings.

Employment Concentration

The employment concentration value reflects the level of employment in a selected state or region relative to the U.S. as a whole. Employment concentration values are derived by calculating a location quotient for a geographic region and occupation. Location quotient values greater than 1.0 indicate a region has a larger share of employment compared to the U.S. as a whole. A value of three for example, indicates a region has a concentration of employment much higher than the level of employment concentration for the U.S. for the selected occupation. Values less that 1.0 indicate the region has a share of employment less than the U.S. as a whole. In some cases data may not be available for a state or region. You can view employment concentration information in three formats: Tables, Charts and Maps.

  • View Table
    Lists employment concentration from the highest to the lowest levels for the geographic area in a table format. If available, data is provided for Metropolitan Statistical Areas and regions within states and sorted from highest to lowest. Select “View National Data” to view a table of employment concentration for all states.
  • View Chart
    View employment concentration for the selected occupation and geographic area in a chart format. If available, data is provided for Metropolitan Statistical Areas and regions within states and sorted from highest to lowest. Select “View National Data” to view a chart of employment concentration for all states.
  • View Map
    View a map of employment concentration for the selected occupation and geographic area. If available, data is provided for Metropolitan Statistical Areas and regions within states. Mouse over the region to view the name of the region and the location quotient value. Select “View National Data” to view map of employment concentration for states and the selected occupation.

Data sources:

Employment and occupation information, including employment concentration information, are from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics and Employment Projections Programs.

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