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Employment Projections

Employment Projections Home Page

The Employment Projections (EP) program develops information about the labor market for the Nation as a whole for 10 years in the future.


BLS Occupational Employment Projections, 2020–30

Check out the highlights of the 2020–30 projections, including the fastest growing occupations overall, the occupations expected to have the most new jobs, the fastest growing occupations that require a bachelor's degree or more, and the fastest growing occupations that require some postsecondary education.

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Top 10 fastest growing occupations, excluding pandemic recovery

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Projected annual rate of change in industry employment, 2020–30

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Labor force share, by age group, 2000, 2010, 2020, and projected 2030

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Projected percent change, by selected occupational group, 2020–30

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Total employment, 2000 to projected 2030

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News Release

Employment is projected to increase by 11.9 million jobs from 2020 to 2030


Employment is projected to grow from 153.5 million to 165.4 million jobs from 2020 to 2030. Pandemic recovery and growth in healthcare-related occupations are expected to account for a large share of projected job growth. The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) reflects the 2020-30 projections.


Beyond the Numbers

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Retail trade employment: before, during, and after the pandemic

Retail trade is one of the largest and most closely followed industries in the U.S. economy. Retailers enable producers to sell their merchandise to consumers, and their activities are closely tied to broader trends in consumer confidence and spending measures. During the COVID-19 pandemic, retail trade experienced sharp declines in employment and output as many retailers and consumers began to engage in contactless shopping and curbside pickup. read more »

Monthly Labor Review

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Expected pandemic-driven employment changes: a comparison of 2019–29 and 2020–30 projection sets

This article examines target-year employment levels across four sets of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics industry and occupational employment projections, evaluating possible long-term pandemic-induced structural changes to the U.S. labor market. read more »

The Economics Daily

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Number of people 75 and older in the labor force is expected to grow 96.5 percent by 2030

The labor force is expected to increase by 8.9 million, or 5.5 percent, from 2020 to 2030. The labor force of people ages 16 to 24 is projected to shrink by 7.5 percent from 2020 to 2030. Among people age 75 years and older, the labor force is expected to grow by 96.5 percent over the next decade. read more »

Spotlight on Statistics

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Using BLS Data to Match People with Disabilities with Jobs

BLS has many data products that can be used to help individuals with disabilities plan their career paths. This Spotlight on Statistics highlights these products and demonstrates how they can be used to evaluate potential jobs, using two specific occupations as examples. read more »