The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program produces employment and wage estimates annually for over 800 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.

For Your Information

The May 2016 OES published employment and wage estimates for foresters (occupation code 19-1032) and forest and conservation workers (occupation code 45-4011) were incorrect at the following levels:

  • Birmingham-Hoover, AL (foresters only)
  • Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area (foresters only)
  • Alabama statewide

These estimates were removed from the website on September 21, 2017. Estimates for 2017 will be provided by April 2018 and will include any new publishable data for these occupations.

Next Release:

  • The May 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics data were released on March 31st, 2017 and are available at www.bls.gov/oes/tables.htm.

OES News Release

Construction and extraction occupations represent 4% of employment in May 2016

03/31/2017

Construction and extraction occupations had employment of nearly 5.6 million in May 2016, representing 4 percent of total employment. Construction laborers (912,100), carpenters (676,980), and electricians (607,120) were the largest construction and extraction occupations.
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OES Data

May 2016 data

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OES Charts

OES Chart Tools

Create up to 6,000 unique charts highlighting data for industries, areas, or occupations of interest. Overview charts highlight selected data for May 2016. Interactive charts allow users to customize charts to present employment and wage data for any state, metropolitan or non-metropolitan area, industry, or any occupation. Charts showing locations quotients can be used to compare employment in a particular state or area relative to the US average. To get started, click on the chart image to the right.

 

OES Videos

A Look at Occupational Employment in the United States

 

OES Maps

OES Mapping Tool

Over 4,800 unique maps are available showing employment, wages, and location quotients for 800 occupations by state or area. Employment maps show employment levels for the occupation in each state or area. Wage maps show mean wages for the occupation in each area. Location quotients are a measure of the relative importance of an occupation in an area, and maps show the share of an occupation's employment in an area relative to the U.S. average. Get started by clicking on the chart to the right. From the drop down menus, select an occupational group and occupation, and then select the indicator to map.

 

OES Publications

Employment trends by typical entry-level education requirement

Employment Trends article

From May 2007 to May 2010, the U.S. economy lost nearly 7.4 million jobs in occupations that typically require a high school diploma or no formal educational credential for entry. In contrast, the economy had no statistically significant employment change in occupations that typically require postsecondary education for entry. During the recovery, the economy gained jobs in almost all the typical entry-level education categories. By May 2016, employment exceeded May 2007 levels for occupations that typically require no formal educational credential for entry and occupations that typically require postsecondary education. However, employment in occupations that typically require a high school diploma or the equivalent for entry remained nearly 1.3 million lower than in May 2007. This trend is projected to continue. From 2014 to 2024, occupations that typically require a high school diploma for entry are projected to grow more slowly than average, causing a further employment shift away from these occupations and toward occupations that typically require postsecondary education.



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OES Databases

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  • The One-Screen Data Search is a JavaScript-based query application that allows you to obtain May 2016 OES data based on choices you make.
  • Tables takes you to the OES tables page, which contains links to all OES tables, including previous years.
  • Text Files links you to the BLS Download server, where you can view text files of the data behind the multi-screen data search. OE.txt provides an explanation of how the text files are set up.

 

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Contact Us

Contacts

For help filling out the Occupational Employment Statistics Report and IDCF number requests, please contact your state office.

For help using the online data collection system, email oes.helpdesk@bls.gov.

For additional information concerning the Occupational Employment Statistics program and OES estimates, contact an OES staff member:

  • Email: Fill out our contact form
  • Telephone number: 202-691-6569
  • Fax number: 202-691-6444
  • Mail address: Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, Suite 2135, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington DC 20212-0001

 

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