The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program produces employment and wage estimates annually for over 800 occupations. These estimates are available for the nation as a whole, for individual States, and for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas; national occupational estimates for specific industries are also available.

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  • The May 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics data were released on March 31st, 2017 and are available at www.bls.gov/oes/tables.htm.

OES News Release

Construction and extraction occupations represent 4% of employment in May 2016

03/31/2017

Construction and extraction occupations had employment of nearly 5.6 million in May 2016, representing 4 percent of total employment. Construction laborers (912,100), carpenters (676,980), and electricians (607,120) were the largest construction and extraction occupations.
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OES Data

May 2016 data

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OES Charts

OES Chart Tools

Create up to 6,000 unique charts highlighting data for industries, areas, or occupations of interest. Overview charts highlight selected data for May 2016. Interactive charts allow users to customize charts to present employment and wage data for any state, metropolitan or non-metropolitan area, industry, or any occupation. Charts showing locations quotients can be used to compare employment in a particular state or area relative to the US average. To get started, click on the chart image to the right.

 

OES Videos

A Look at Occupational Employment in the United States

 

OES Maps

OES Mapping Tool

Over 4,800 unique maps are available showing employment, wages, and location quotients for 800 occupations by state or area. Employment maps show employment levels for the occupation in each state or area. Wage maps show mean wages for the occupation in each area. Location quotients are a measure of the relative importance of an occupation in an area, and maps show the share of an occupation's employment in an area relative to the U.S. average. Get started by clicking on the chart to the right. From the drop down menus, select an occupational group and occupation, and then select the indicator to map.

 

OES Publications

Mapping "The Hunger Games": Using location quotients to find the Districts of Panem

Hunger Games article

"…Panem, the country that rose up out of the ashes of a place that was once called North America." –The Hunger Games (Scholastic Press) In The Hunger Games, author Suzanne Collins never reveals the exact locations of the Districts of Panem. What if you could map them by using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)? Fans of the popular The Hunger Games trilogy know that the stories are set in Panem, a futuristic area previously called North America, with a capital located somewhere in what was known as the Rockies. Panem is divided into districts, each of which has a primary industry. BLS employment data can help you solve the puzzle of where in North America those districts would be. Keep reading to learn how to use BLS data to identify 12 districts of Panem. Because BLS data cover the United States, this article uses clues from U.S. locations rather than from North America as a whole.



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  • The One-Screen Data Search is a JavaScript-based query application that allows you to obtain May 2016 OES data based on choices you make.
  • Tables takes you to the OES tables page, which contains links to all OES tables, including previous years.
  • Text Files links you to the BLS Download server, where you can view text files of the data behind the multi-screen data search. OE.txt provides an explanation of how the text files are set up.

 

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Contacts

For additional information concerning the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey, contact an OES staff member at:

  • Email: Contact us
  • Telephone number: 202-691-6569
  • Fax number: 202-691-6444
  • Mail address: Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, Suite 2135, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington DC 20212-0001

 

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