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Current Employment Statistics (CES), Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), Industry Projections, Occupational Employment by Industry

Current Employment Statistics (CES)

The Massachusetts current employment statistics are put together from a monthly survey of more than 8,000 employers. This survey provides estimates of employment by industry for the state and for 7 Metropolitan New England City and Town Statistical Areas (NECTA). The Boston-Cambridge-Nashua Massachusetts-New Hampshire Metropolitan NECTA includes 9 NECTA Divisions in which employment estimates are produced for Massachusetts. Statewide hours and earnings data are published for selected industries within the manufacturing super-sector. The Current Employment Statistics program data is based on the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS).

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All Employee Hours and Earnings (AEPP)

All employee hours and earnings payroll series are now available for the private sector. The statewide and metropolitan statistical area series provide estimates for average weekly hours, average weekly earnings, and average hourly earnings.

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages(QCEW)

Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program publishes a quarterly count of employment and wages reported by employers, available at the city/town, county, NECTA, WDA, and state levels by industry. Quarterly data is derived from more than 150,000 Massachusetts employers subject to unemployment compensation laws. Industry employment and payroll information is produced both quarterly and annually for the state, New England City and Town Statistical Areas, labor market areas, workforce development areas, counties, cities and towns. Annual files contain more up-to-date data than previously released quarterly files. NAICS based employment and wage data are available beginning with the first quarter of 2001.

The data from 2010 forward have been revised to reflect the 2010 Census NECTA and labor area delineations. Access area information and map

Beginning with the first quarter 2013, a code change for employees from private households (NAICS 814110) into services for the elderly and persons with disabilities (NAICS 624120) moved 33,960 employees in Massachusetts in January 2013 on QCEW.

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Business Employment Dynamics (BED)

Business Employment Dynamics data track the expansion and contraction of employment for private businesses. Over the quarter changes in gross job gains (expansions and openings) and gross job losses (reductions and closures), and the net change in employment at the establishment level are available through this new series.

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Industry Projections

Short-term industry projections cover a 2015 base year and projects employment to 2017. Projections are available for Massachusetts and 16 Workforce Development Areas. The rise and fall of business cycles are incorporated in short-term projections.

Long-term industry employment projections are available for Massachusetts and 16 Workforce Development Areas. Employment is projected for approximately 80 detailed industries (at the 3-digit NAICS industry level), and cover the 2014-2024 period.

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Industry Staffing Pattern Data

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.

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