Occupational Employment Statistics (OES)
The OES program measures the number of people employed in each occupation and also provides information about their wages. Estimates are produced for the states, Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), and non-metropolitan areas. Arizona also provides unofficial estimates for counties. Employment estimates exclude people who are self-employed. Occupations are classified according to the Standard Occupational Classification system (SOC).
Information about occupations is collected in a semi-annual survey of establishments. Estimates are released annually and are based on the previous three years of survey data. Wage information for the first two years is adjusted for inflation based on information from the National Compensation Survey.
Technical Notes for OES estimates.
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NOTE -- OES data not intended as a time series:
Although the OES survey methodology is designed to create detailed cross-sectional employment and wage estimates for the U.S., States, metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, across industry and by industry, it is less useful for comparisons of two or more points in time. Challenges in using OES data as a time series include changes in the occupational, industrial, and geographical classification systems, changes in the way data are collected, changes in the survey reference period, and changes in mean wage estimation methodology, as well as permanent features of the methodology.
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