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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, 2021–31

Check out the highlights of the 2021–31 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. (This video has background music but no spoken words.)

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Unemployment rates and earnings by educational attainment, 2021

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Top 10 fastest growing occupations

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Projected annual rate of change in industry employment, 2021–31

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Labor force share, by age group, 2001, 2011, 2021, and projected 2031

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Projected percent change, by selected occupational group, 2021–31

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News Release

Employment is projected to increase by 8.3 million jobs from 2021 to 2031


Total employment is projected to grow by 8.3 million jobs from 2021-31. Nearly one-third of new jobs are projected to be in healthcare and social assistance. Pandemic recovery is a key driver of projected job growth in some sectors. The Occupational Outlook Handbook features the 2021-31...


Monthly Labor Review

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Projections overview and highlights, 2021–31

This article presents the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics employment and output projections for the 2021–31 period. read more »

The Economics Daily

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Leisure and hospitality projected to mostly recover pandemic-driven employment losses

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the U.S. economy to add 8.3 million jobs from 2021 to 2031. Of those, 1.9 million jobs—23.1 percent of all new jobs projected—are expected to be in leisure and hospitality. That is a large projected increase for a sector that made up 8.9 percent of total employment in 2021. This rapid projected growth—the fastest of any sector, at an annual rate of 1.3 percent—results from the recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic. read more »

Beyond the Numbers

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Recovering from the pandemic: A bright outlook for the personal care service industry

This Beyond the Numbers article examines the main long-run factors expected to contribute to demand for personal care services employment: increasing demand for personal care and appearance services, a growing customer base, and new and expanded service offerings. read more »