Labor market information

Labor market information

Labor market information

The best career decisions are based on having the right data. 

Job market information can help you decide both on a direction for your career and a location to live in. You can learn about industries and occupations that are hiring, locations where the job market is strong, and the salary ranges for the field, nationally, and for different locations across the U.S.

What is Labor Market Information?

Data about employment by location and occupation, labor supply and demand, earnings, unemployment, and demographics of the labor force make up what is known as labor market information (LMI). 

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), along with state workforce agencies, collect and analyze statistical data about the labor market. The BLS provides that information to Congress, other federal agencies, state and local governments, and the public. 

Employment trends

It's important to know your chances of finding a job in your chosen field before you invest in college or other training.

Every other year, the BLS produces current and projected (10-year projection) employment and wage estimates for about 900 occupations.

Use CareerOneStop’s Career Reports to learn about projected employment trends:

Fastest-Growing Careers
Find out which occupations are growing the fastest. Includes details about employment, wages, and education.

Careers with the Most Openings
Create a list of occupations with the most openings by state or nationwide. Includes details about employment, number of estimated openings, wages, and education.

Careers with the Largest Employment
Find national and state occupations with the largest employment. Includes details about employment, earnings, and education.

Careers with Declining Employment
Create a list of occupations with the largest declines in employment by state or nationwide. Includes details about employment, earnings, and education.

Salary and wage ranges

The Department of Labor and the BLS also track salary and wage information for more than 900 occupations. This data can help you determine your likely salary range in a civilian job, and plan your transition budget accordingly.

Find typical salaries in any U.S. location with Salary Finder.