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September 1997

Evaluating the 1995 BLS occupational employment projections

Carolyn M. Veneri

This article examines the accuracy of BLS occupational employment projections for 1995. Although too conservative, the BLS employment projections to 1995 correctly foresaw most general occupational trends. BLS correctly projected the direction of employment change for all nine of the major occupation groups. Projected employment was lower than actual in six major groups, but the projected distribution of employment growth among the groups was reasonably accurate.

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