Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Fun with labor statistics

On Monday, Roger and I attended a workshop on information sources for labor statistics. Sponsored by the Capital District Business Librarians, James Ross, the NYS Department of Labors’ Regional Labor Market Analyst for the Capital Region, discussed the wild world of statistics available on the NYS Labor Department website.

There’s a lot here, but it is not always easy to get to. Here are just a few things that I found interesting:

Most of us are familiar with the occupational outlook reports available from the U.S. Department of Labor, which offers descriptive job outlooks for a variety of occupations. The NYS DOL provides more detailed and local statistics, offering a ten year forecast for more than 700 occupations, listed by their SOC code. Available statewide and by region, these tables list the current employment figures for that field, projected employment numbers for ten years later, with growth and replacement figures. For those less inclined to crunch the numbers, the occupations are rated on a scale of “least favorable” to “very favorable” with annual salaries, and annual job openings on this page.

The DOL site also links to America’s Career InfoNet, where jobseekers can locate potential employers based on industry, occupation, location or keyword. They might not be hiring, but it gives a picture of the local industry (potential competitors?).

Like I said, there’s a lot more here, it just requires some browsing or a conversation with the right economist.

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