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BLS Overview of the OES

Posted by LMI Win-Win Network - On June 24, 2013 (EST)

BLS Overview of the OES

In testimony before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections (of the Committee on Education and the Workforce) the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Commissioner provided a good overview of the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey.  The OES provides the most detailed examination of occupational data of all Federal surveys, and is the most important source underlying employment projections.

The full testimony is available at BLS Congressional Statement, June 18, 2013, but we have summarized the main points below.

The OES publishes data for 820 occupations for the nation and for 642 areas, including each state, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, 414 metropolitan areas, and 174 non-metropolitan areas.  For each area and occupation, OES provides employment and several wage estimates, including hourly and annual mean and median wages.  BLS publishes nationwide OES employment and wage estimates by occupation within industries.  Data are available for broad industry sectors, as well as for more detailed industries.

The OES is based on a sample of 1.2 million business establishments that employ nearly 60 percent of all U.S wage and salary workers. These establishments are selected from a business list derived from unemployment insurance records.  Collection of this large sample requires 3 years, with data solicited from a new set of 200,000 establishments every 6 months.  Establishments are surveyed just once in the 3-year cycle.  Although the data are collected over a 3-year period, BLS uses well-established statistical procedures to make estimates for a single year and publishes those estimates about 10 months after the reference date.  For example, our most recent estimates are for May 2012 and were published in March 2013.




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Modified On : June 24, 2013
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