The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) publishes data on the occupation, industry, and geographic area details surveyed in the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program data collection.  The May 2018 OES data were released on March 29, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. 

The ACS is the premier dataset for state and local data

The ACS is the premier dataset for state and local data

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.

The latest Occupational Employment and Wages news release has been posted on the BLS website at
It has also been archived at

Highlights include:

Transportation and material moving occupations represent 7.1% of employment in May 2018

  •    Transportation and material moving occupations had employment of 10.2 million and an annual mean wage of $38,290 in May 2018.
  •    Laborers and hand freight, stock, and material movers (2.9 million) was the largest transportation and material moving occupation.


For more information, please see BLS' latest releases

You can review Upcoming Changes to the OES Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Data in the May 2018 Estimates.

Please read how BLS is Implementing the 2018 SOC in the OES program, which provides more information on the use of occupational coding in the OES data collection.

Changes to the occupational and industry aggregations in the May 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics estimates can be found at

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