Data Source References
All data provided by U.S. Publishing is derived from government sources. These sources are the U.S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) and the U.S. Department of Commerce (Census Bureau). The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides monthly updated estimates of all labor markets in the U.S. economy.
U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
U.S. Publishing has combined data from these sources to create a new publication called OCCUPATIONAL EMPLOYMENT QUARTERLY (OEQ). The combined information is more practical and useful than that available directly from these government agencies. The data is intended to be used in conjunction with local labor market expertise and research. All data are estimates and should be used accordingly.
Census Occupational Format
The Bureau of the Census utilizes the decennial census as the basis for all its data. It forms the benchmark for the existence of individual occupations in OEQ data. Updated estimates of individual occupations are based on the overall growth or decline of a specific labor market. The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes monthly updated estimates of all labor markets. U.S. Publishing uses the first month of each quarter to update OEQ. Part-time work is included in the census data. Part-time work is defined as any thing less than 35 hours per week. Part-time participation in the labor force occurs over a large range depending on the occupation. Occupations like retail sales clerks and waiters and waitresses are on the high end of the range, while professional and technical occupations are on the low end. The mean for all occupations is 18%. See reference number 5 for more specific information.
The Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) is a publication of the U.S. Department of Labor. It provides job descriptions and worker requirement information for 12,741 individual jobs found in the national economy. All DOT titles have been assigned a corresponding Census Code by the National Crosswalk Service Center in Des Moines, Iowa. U.S. Publishing has published a crosswalk for the Census and DOT. It is called the Specific Occupation Selector (SOS) manual and shows all DOT codes and titles grouped by Census Codes. When using the Occupational Employment Quarterly in conjunction with the SOS Manual to estimate the number of individuals employed in a specific DOT job, local knowledge of the labor market should be used. No government agency reports employment by specific DOT codes.
The Editor and Publisher have been careful to provide reliable and accurate information in all U.S. Publishing resources. However, we cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions nor for any decisions made or actions taken as a result of information provided. Data produced by local research should be given more weight then U.S. Publishing data estimates.
- Dictionary of Occupational Titles, Revised 4th Edition, 1991 U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration
- Census of Population and Housing 2000 Equal Employment Opportunity Special File, U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, Bureau of The Census.
- Selected Characteristics of Occupations as Defined in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training. Administration, 1993.
- Census of Population and Housing 2000, Alphabetical Index of Industries and Occupations, and Classified Index of Industries and Occupations, U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, Bureau of The Census.
- Occupational Projections and Training Data, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Recurrent publication--even numbered years.