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

BLS issues these national employment long-term projections — the agency’s most sought-after data other than unemployment rates — every two years.

Employment and Training Data for Projections

The BLS Employment Projections also provide education and training data for planning decisions.  The webinar here guides you through the education and training data available in the occupational projections data BLS provides.

The BLS 2014-2024 occupational projections were issued in 2015, and the addition of the education and training data assists workforce planners in better determining the education and training (E&T) that individuals typically need to qualify for employment in an occupation. 

National Long-Term Projections

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

The employment projections are valuable for state and local Workforce Investment Board policy makers, strategic planners, state LMI analysts, workforce information disseminators, and research and statistics professionals, and stakeholders in the economic development and education communities. 

Projections Central for State 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.

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The BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently issued its redesigned Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) — widely considered single the most important source of career information.  Each OOH occupational profile discusses what workers in that occupation do, their work environment, the typical education and training needed to enter the occupation, pay, and the job outlook for the occupation. 

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