Projections of service worker employment generally on target
June 18, 1999
Since the 1960s, BLS projections of service employment usually have been accurate. In each of the periods shown in the chart, actual growth in employment of service workers was within 10 percentage points of projected growth.
In two of the periods, 1968-80 and 1980-90, actual and projected growth were almost identical. The growth rates were also fairly close in the two periods beginning in 1960. The largest difference was in the 1984-95 period. Employment of service workers was projected to grow by 20 percent, when in fact it increased by 29 percent.
Data on projections are produced by the BLS Employment Projections program. Service occupations include workers in private households and in the fields of cleaning and building service, food preparation and service, health service (such as dental assistants and nursing home aides), personal service, and protective service. Find more information on the accuracy of employment projections in "The quality of BLS projections: a historical account," Monthly Labor Review, May 1999.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Projections of service worker employment generally on target on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/1999/jun/wk3/art05.htm (visited January 20, 2018).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
Industry on Tap: Breweries
A look at employment, wages, and job safety in breweries and producer prices for beer.
Differences in Parents’ Time Use between the Summer and the School Year
A look at how parents of school-age children spend their time in the summer and the school year.
Hispanics in the United States: Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month
A look at employment, earnings, consumer spending, time use, and workplace injuries and illnesses for the Hispanic or Latino U.S. population.
Expenditures on Admissions to the Arts, Movies, Sporting Events, and Other Entertainment
A look at consumer spending and attendance at arts, sports, and entertainment events.