Labor Market Information Catalogue

Data Names



Federal  - U.S. Department of Labor Statistics

Current Employment Statistics (CES)

Detail industry data on employment, hours, and earnings of nonfarm workers. These monthly surveys are sent to 144,000 businesses and government agencies that represent 554,000 individual worksites.


Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS)

Estimates of total employment and unemployment at various levels such as states, census regions and divisions.


Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS)

Demand-side indicator of labor shortages at the national level. It collects total employment, job openings, hires, quits, layoffs and discharges.


Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW)

Monthly employment and quarterly wage information reported by employers covering 98% of the U.S. jobs. It is available at the county, the MSA, the state, and the national levels by industry.

Monthly/ Quarterly

Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS)[1]

Federal – state cooperative that collects reports on mass layoff actions that result in workers being separated from their jobs. Monthly mass layoff numbers are from establishments which have at least 50 initial claims for unemployment insurance filed against them during a 5 week period. Extended mass layoff numbers or quarterly numbers are from a subset of such establishments in which private sector nonfarm employers indicate that 50 or more workers were separated from their jobs for at least 31 days.

Monthly/ Quarterly

National Compensation Survey (NCS)

It provides changes in employer costs. It also provides the incidence and provisions of employee benefits.


Business Employment Dynamics (BDM)

Statistics generated from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages.  Quarterly series of job gains and losses for the entire economy


Occupational Employment Statistics (OES)

Employment and wage estimates for over 800 occupations at the national, state, and metropolitan statistical areas


Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)

OOH provides information on what workers do; the environment they work in. It also provides the education, training, and qualifications necessary for a particular occupation. One can also find information about the pay scale, projected growth rate, and the projected number of jobs in a particular occupation. It contains 334 occupational profiles covering 84 percent of jobs in the economy.


10 years

Employment Projections (EP)

Projections of industry and occupational employment

10 years

Federal – U.S. Department of Commerce, and Census Bureau

Current Population Survey (CPS)

Provides economic and demographic statistics on the national unemployment rate and on issues related to employment and earnings.  The CPS collects extensive demographic data that enhance our understanding of labor market conditions



Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD)

Provides several data products that can be used to research and characterize workforce dynamics for specific groups.  Unemployment insurance earnings data is shared by states to produce this data. One of the outputs is the LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistics (LODES).


American Community Survey (ACS)

Ongoing survey that provides data on the economic and demographic characteristics of the community


Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS)

The BDS is an annual data series that describes the establishment-level business dynamics along dimensions.


Economic Census

The Economic Census is the U.S. Government’s official five-year measure of American business and the economy.  The four million businesses surveyed represent: large, medium and small companies.

Every 5 years in years ending in “2” and “7”

Decennial Census

Count of every citizen in the U.S.  It captures demographics and certain economic characteristics of all citizens.


10 years

U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training

O*NET (Occupational Information Network)

The O*NET program is one of the nation’s primary sources of occupational information. The O*NET database, contains information about hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. The database is continually updated by surveying a wide range of workers from each occupation.


Private and Non-Profits

Conference Board’s Help Wanted OnLine (HWOL)

New, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted on internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas.


Manpower Employment Outlook Survey

A world of labor market data with employment results for all 42 countries and territories


Projections Central – State Occupational Projections

Projections of occupational employment growth for all states and the nation as a whole, 2012-2022     

Every 2 years

America’s Career InfoNet (ACINET)

Helps individuals explore career opportunities to make informed employment and education choices. It also provides a user-friendly interface that allows users to see occupation and industry information, salary data, career videos, education resources, self-assessment tools, career exploration assistance, and other resources. This website is part of CareerOneStop which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.





The Labor Market Information (LMI) Catalogue is provided as a resource for VR counselors & staff to identify what tools they can access to obtain specific types of LMI. The catalogue outlines the publication frequencies and summarizes the content of each resource.


[1] Monthly, quarterly, and annual data for 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico are also available.