OES Research Estimates by State and Industry
In May 2013, the OES program began providing wage and employment estimates by state and industry for the May 2012 reference period. These estimates are intended for research purposes, and users should be aware of the limitations of the data.
Reliability of the Estimates
As with all data derived from sample surveys, OES research estimates are subject to sampling and non-sampling error. Sampling error occurs as a result of sampling from a population rather than recording the population’s true value; this is what sets a survey apart from a census. The variation that results from sampling procedures is given by a standard error. OES research estimates give the standard error of the estimate divided by the estimate itself, then multiplied by 100; this is known as the percent relative standard error (PRSE). For example, if the estimate of occupation A in state B is 50 and the standard error is 5, the PRSE of the estimate is (5/50)*100, or 10 percent.
OES research estimates are also subject to non-sampling error. Non-sampling error can occur for many reasons, including the failure to include a segment of the population, the inability to obtain data from all units in the sample, the inability or unwillingness of respondents to provide data on a timely basis, mistakes made by respondents, errors made in the collection or processing of the data, and errors from the employment benchmark data used in estimation.
Important features of the OES Research estimates
- Estimates are only available for the May 2012 reference period; estimates prior to May 2012 are not available.
- Estimates are only available for states; industry-specific estimates for metropolitan areas are not available.
- Estimates are only available for detail and major occupation groups; industry-specific estimates for broad and minor occupation groups are not available.
Additional information may be available from the State Workforce Agency (SWA) in each State. Format and medium of the data vary by State. To determine whether additional estimates are available for a particular State, please contact the appropriate office on the State Contact List.
How to Obtain OES Research Estimates
Estimates are available for download in XLS format at the links below. The files are organized by similar groups of industry sectors according to the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS).
- Sectors 21, 22, & 23: Mining, Utilities, and Construction
- Sectors 31, 32, & 33: Manufacturing
- Sectors 42, 44, & 45: Wholesale Trade and Retail Trade
- Sectors 48 & 49: Transportation and Warehousing
- Sectors 52 & 53: Finance and Insurance and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
- Sectors 51 & 54: Information & Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
- Sectors 55 & 56: Management of Companies and Enterprises and Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation
- Sector 61: Educational Services (including private, state, and local government schools)
- Sector 62: Health Care and Social Assistance (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
- Sectors 71 & 72: Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation and Accommodation and Food Services
- Sectors 11 & 81: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Hunting and Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
- Sector 99: Federal, State, and Local Government, excluding state and local schools and hospitals, and the U.S. Postal Service (OES Designation)
For additional information concerning OES research estimates, please contact an OES staff member:
- E-mail: Contact us
- Telephone number: 202-691-6569
- Fax number: 202-691-6444
- Mail address: Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, Suite 2135, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington DC 20212-0001
Last Modified Date: June 4, 2013