June 29, 2015 by Gwen Burrow
This article is part of series of blog posts that details the strengths and weaknesses of prominent labor market data sources. Find the whole series here.
The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program estimates employment and wages for most occupations by industry or sector at the national, state, metropolitan statistical area (MSA), metropolitan statistical division, and non-MSA levels in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. These estimates are accompanied by national industry staffing patterns. OES accounts for 1.2 million establishments and 62% of national employment, including railroad, but excluding military, agriculture, fishing, forestry, private households, self-employment, and others.
OES is our primary source of occupation data, but we compensate for OES’s general weaknesses and lack of valid historical data by utilizing stronger, more accurate industry employment counts from QCEW, County Business Patterns (CBP), and American Community Survey (ACS), among others. We then apply a regionalized staffing pattern to the industry data to show the distribution of jobs by occupation. We derive this staffing pattern from OES occupation data and apply it to both our current-year data and our historic data, thus producing more reliable occupation counts.
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