The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has issued its long-term employment projections for 2024, using 2014 as the base year.

BLS issues these ten-year national employment projections every two years, and they have become one of the most valuable datasets BLS provides along with the unemployment rate data BLS releases.

National Long-Term Projections

The national ten-year employment projections are valuable for state and local workforce and economic development policy makers, strategic planners, state labor market analysts, workforce information disseminators, and research and statistics professionals, and stakeholders in the economic development and education communities. 

Please refer to the BLS websites referenced for more insight into the methodology and the background on the projections.  Also, you will find on the BLS website data for educational attainment, training, earnings and unemployment data associated with the national long-term projections.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently issued its redesigned, online Occupational Outlook Handbook (Handbook or OOH) — widely considered the single most important source of career information.  

The Occupational Outlook Handbook is the official guide to career information about hundreds of occupations.

                        

The information in the Handbook has proven invaluable to the workforce investment system — as well as to counselors, students, parents, teachers, job seekers, career changers, education and training staff, and researchers.  

Each OOH occupational profile discusses what workers in each occupation do, what the occupation's work environment is, what the typical education and training requirements are to enter the occupation, and the typical wages and job outlook is for each occupation.

State Short-Term Occupational Projections

In addition, the Projections Managing Partnership (PMP) of the Projections Consortium houses many of the recently redesigned state and local projections software suites.  The Projections Central, operated by the PMP, has a new report manager that allows projections data displays that were not previously available.

For short-term state occupational projections, which is a project funded by the U.S. Employment and Training Administration, please refer to the link for the Projections Central.

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