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Classifications and Crosswalks

The Employment Projections (EP) program publishes the classification systems used to produce the employment projections. In addition, EP publishes selected crosswalks between EP employment projections and data from other sources.

Classification Systems

Industry sectoring plan (XLSX)

This classification system is used for projections of:

  • Commodity and industry output
  • Industry employment

The system uses definitions found in the 2017 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).

More information about the North American Industry Classification System is available from the Census Bureau at: www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/.

NOTE: Industries in this system are limited to sectors for which EP projects output. EP publishes industry employment for additional sectors in the National Employment Matrix (see Industry directory below).

Industry employment directory (XLSX)

To develop the National Employment Matrix industry structure, BLS staff combines the structures used to report estimates from the Current Employment Statistics (CES), the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES), and Current Populations Survey (CPS) programs. Data from OES, CES, and CPS used to construct the matrix are coded to the 2017 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).(1)

Occupational employment directory (XLSX)

The occupational structure of the Matrix is based on the structure used by the OES program, which includes detailed occupations from the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system.

More information about the Standard Occupational Classification system is available at: www.bls.gov/soc/

More information about how the OES program classifies occupations is available at: www.bls.gov/oes/oes_ques.htm#def


National Employment Matrix/SOC to ACS Crosswalk (XLSX)

  • National Employment Matrix/SOC occupation equivalents from the American Community Survey (ACS)

National Employment Matrix/SOC to CPS Crosswalk (XLSX)

  • National Employment Matrix/SOC occupation equivalents from the Current Population Survey (CPS)

O*NET-SOC to Occupational Outlook Handbook Crosswalk (XLSX)

Occupational Outlook Handbook A-Z index (XLSX)

Footnotes:   1See Occupational and industry classification systems used in the Current Population Survey. (includes crosswalk information and conversion factors)

Last Modified Date: September 4, 2019