Monthly personal or phone interviews
of
a “responsible” person within selected
sample households
to collect information
regarding members of the household
including personal characteristics (e.g.,
marital status, educational attainment) as
well as labor market activity of household
members.
Primarily conducted via
mail surveys that
require establishments
to report their
number of employees by occupation*
across 12 wage ranges.
*
using Standard Occupational Code (SOC)
What’s the Diff’?
The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey and the Current Population Survey (CPS) are two
measures conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, to inform statistical
descriptions of the labor market. The occupational information in this Notebook is based on the OES.
Occupational Employment
Statistics (OES)
Survey
vs.
Current Population
Survey (CPS)
Survey of non-farm
establishments
(i.e., employers) to measure
employment and wage rates of
workers.
What is it?
A monthly survey of
households conducted by
the Bureau of Census.
2010-2020
Employment Projections
Bureau of Labor Statistics
,
U. S. Department of Labor
Key source of data
referenced by…?
Georgetown University
Center on Education and
the Workforce
PROCEDURE
SAMPLE
& REACH
Sample survey of about
60,000 households
designed specifically
to produce
current monthly
employment/unemployment data
and annual data on income
and poverty in the U. S.
Probability sample panels stratified
w/in their respective states
by sub-state
area, industry and ownership to select
200,000 establishments to
survey
semiannually
to yield a final sample size
over a
3-year cycle
of approximately
1.2
million establishments.
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