While there is no crystal ball with which to forecast the future, you can get employment projections based on predicted new growth, replacement demand, trend analysis and statistical modeling.

Use these portal resources to take a look at the demand industries and occupations in your region, and incorporate this into your data-driven strategic planning.

Here are the projections data sources that can help you plan for the resources, partnerships and service delivery needed to meet that demand.

Projections Central for State-Level Occupational Projections

Projections Central is the ETA site for obtaining state-level occupational employment projections.  The site currently shows long-term (10-year) projections, and short-term (2-year) projections.

For each of the hundreds of detailed occupations, Projections Central provides employment totals in the initial year, projected employment a decade later, the numerical difference between the initial and subsequent projection, the percentage change, and the average annual number of job openings.  

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State and Local Area Employment Projections

State labor market information offices disseminate these employment projections.  Long-term projections are produced for the Bureau of Labor Statistics and short-term projections are developed for the Employment and Training Administration.

BLS National Employment Projections

Beginning in 2019, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) will issue its most recent ten-year employment projections for the nation every year.  These long-term projections are the agency’s most sought-after data other than unemployment rates.

The 2018-2028 employment projections were released via a press release on September 4, 2019.  A Monthly Labor Review article provided an overview and highlights.

For more information on the ten-year projections, please see the BLS Employment Projections News Releases.

Education and Training Data that Matches BLS National Projections

The BLS also provides education and training data to assist workforce planners in better determining the education and training that individuals typically need to qualify for employment in an occupation.  BLS' research into this area resulted in using the new classification system.   

BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook

BLS has an online Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH).  The Handbook is widely considered single the most important source of career information.  Each occupational profile discusses the job outlook for the occupation.

Census Bureau Employment Projections

The U.S. Census Bureau provides employment projections on the labor force, employment, and earnings.

O*NET Online Occupational Indicators and Expected Job Openings

O*NET offers several occupational indicators, such as bright, average, and below average outlook.  Plus, it also has data on the number of projected job openings for each occupation.