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This page compares the most recent set of occupational projections evaluations with previous sets. This comparison is meant to provide an explanation of how well the BLS method works over time. The projections evaluations covered are for the 2008–18, 2006–16, 2004–14, and 2002–12 periods. For more information, refer to our evaluation methodology.
How often did BLS correctly project growth and decline for occupations?
What was the difference between the projected average growth rate and the actual average growth rate?
How accurate was BLS when projecting an occupation to grow faster than average when controlling for differences between projected and actual growth? That is, did occupations projected to grow faster than the projected average end up growing faster than the actual average?
Last Modified Date: March 16, 2020