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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics

The Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) program produces employment and wage estimates annually for approximately 830 occupations. These estimates are available for the nation as a whole, for individual states, and for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas; national occupational estimates for specific industries are also available.


  • The May 2021 estimates were the first OEWS estimates based solely on survey data collected using the 2018 SOC. Read More »
  • With the May 2021 estimates, the OEWS program now uses a new estimation methodology. Read More »
  • In the spring of 2021, the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program began using the name Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS). Read More »


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News Releases

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations have 8.8 million jobs in May 2021


Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations had employment of 8.8 million in May 2021, representing 6.2 percent of national employment. Registered nurses (3.0 million) was the largest healthcare practitioners and technical occupation.

Next Release

The Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics program will release the May 2022 estimates on April 25, 2023. The May 2022 OEWS estimates will use the 2022 North American Industry Classification System.
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Beyond the Numbers

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Comparing occupational employment and wages in public and private elementary and secondary schools

This Beyond the Numbers article uses ownership data from the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) program to look at differences in occupational composition and wages between local government and private elementary and secondary schools. read more »

The Economics Daily

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A look at employment and wages of mental health workers for Mental Illness Awareness Week

With May 2021 employment of nearly 400,000, social and human service assistants was the largest occupation providing mental health services. Although these workers assist providers in delivering a wide variety of social and human services, those services may include family therapy, behavioral disorder counseling, and other services related to mental health. read more »

Monthly Labor Review

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Were wages converging during the 2010s expansion?

Wage inequality grew from 2003 to 2013 but either declined or plateaued from 2013 to 2019, depending on the data source, because wage growth was particularly strong among lower-wage workers. read more »

Spotlight on Statistics

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Occupational Employment and Wages in State and Local Government

During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, job losses in large private sector industries such as food services and drinking places received a lot of attention. State and local government also had high job losses. From March 2020 to March 2021, employment fell by 5.1 percent in state government and 6.5 percent in local government, compared with a 4.3-percent decrease in the private sector. read more »