The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has issued its long-term employment projections for 2028, using 2018 as the base year. Please refer to the News Release and the Monthly Labor Review article for an overview and highlights.

BLS issues the ten-year national employment projections on an annual basis now, 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 policy makers, strategic planners, state labor market analysts, workforce information disseminators, 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.  The BLS website also has data for educational attainment, training, earnings and unemployment data associated with the national long-term projections.

BLS released the 2018-28 projections along with the following items:

• Updated tables (41) and charts (5)
• Updates to the projections Handbook of Methods
• Updates to the two projections searchable databases
• A projections slide set in the related links on this resource page
• Updated projections data and job outlook narratives in all 325 Occupational Outlook Handbook profiles

The Occupational Outlook Handbook

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

Operated by the PMP to provide short-term state occupational projections, Projections Central, offers a new report manager that allows projections data displays that were not previously available.