Occupational Employment and Wage Data
Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OES) program operated in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, collects occupational employment and wages for all non-farm industries statewide, for 16 Workforce Development Areas (WDA's), and for seven Metropolitan New England City and Town Statistical Areas (NECTA's) and nine Divisions.
NOTE TO DATA USERS; As of March 31, 2016 the 2010 Census area delineations have been implemented resulting in changes to the geographic composition of sub-state areas. This realignment has allowed for the publication of each of the NECTA divisions in the newly defined Boston-Cambridge-Nashua MA-NH Metropolitan NECTA.
Industry Staffing Pattern Data
Massachusetts Statewide and Workforce Development Area (WDA) 2, 3 and 4-digit Industry Staffing Pattern Data are now available for May 2015. Data are also available for all Major 2-digit Industries for specific occupations. Industry data are based on the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Occupations provided are based on the full 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) coding structure.
Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) data are used to develop information regarding current and projected employment needs and job opportunities. This information is used in the production of state education and workforce development plans. These data enable the analysis of the occupation composition of different industries, including analysis for economic development purposes. OES employment estimates are also used as job placement aids by helping to identify industries that employ the skills gained by enrollees in career-technical training programs. Additionally, OES survey data serve as primary inputs into occupational information systems designed for those who are exploring career opportunities or assisting others in career decision making.
The estimates were generated based on data collected in a survey of Massachusetts employers. Industry-specific employment and wage estimates for May 2015 were calculated using data collected from the May 2015, November 2014, May 2014, November 2013, May 2013, and November 2012 semi-annual panels.
Industry-specific occupational employment estimates estimate the number of people employed in that occupation in a particular industry including the mean (average wage), median (mid-point wage), entry and experienced wages. The estimates are updated annually.
Although the OES survey methodology is designed to create detailed employment and wage estimates, it is not time series data for comparisons of two or more points in time. Issues for which the data are not considered time series data include changes in the occupational, industrial, and geographical classification systems, changes in the way data are collected, and changes in the survey reference period.