The Bureau of Labor Statistics develops the National Employment Matrix as part of its ongoing Employment Projections program, and it presents employment for approximately 300 detailed industries and 800 detailed occupations. Data from the matrix underlie the data on this website and the information on occupational employment growth presented in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
The primary sources used to develop the matrix are the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) survey, the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey, and the Current Population Survey (CPS).
The occupational structure of the National Employment Matrix is based on the structure used by the OEWS program, which is currently using a hybrid classification system as it transitions from the 2010 to the 2018 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system.
Data on self-employed workers are based on Current Population Survey (CPS) data for equivalent occupations. A crosswalk is used to distribute CPS data to occupations in the National Employment Matrix.
The industrial structure of the National Employment Matrix is based on the
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projections of industrial and occupational employment are developed in a series of six interrelated steps, each of which is based on a different procedure or model and related assumptions: labor force, aggregate economy, final demand (GDP) by consuming sector and product, industry output, employment by industry, and employment by occupation. The results produced by each step are key inputs to following steps, and the sequence may be repeated multiple times to allow feedback and to ensure consistency.
National employment projections are developed annually. The next release will cover the 2021–2031 decade, and is scheduled to be published on this web site in late 2022.
The accuracy of projections for individual occupations is subject to error because of the many unknown factors that may affect the economy over the projection period. Furthermore, while occupational employment projections and related job outlook information can provide valuable inputs to the career decision-making process, they should not be the sole basis for a choice of career.
Last Modified Date: September 8, 2021