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Labor Market Information FAQs - General LMI Questions

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You can find information about a particular occupation using the Occupation Profile. If you would like information on several occupations, areas, or time periods visit Occupational Wages.

Labor laws in California are enforced by the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. Visit the DIR Minimum Wage page for more information.

The EDD’s Labor Market Information Division prepares monthly estimates of labor force and unemployment rates for all counties, including selected cities and towns in California. Links to these data are available on the Industry Employment and Unemployment Rates page and the Data Library.

Visit the Employment and Wages by Occupation page for information.

The information collected by the EDD’s Labor Market Information Division from employers is considered confidential. We cannot provide a list of employer names nor information about that employer, such as the number of employees. Information about employers is available from private vendors such as infoUSA.

Visit the Occupations in Demand page for information.

Please visit the Department of Industrial Relations for a list of frequently asked questions for information.

The labor force, unemployment rate, and associated data are updated monthly at the time of the official EDD Press Release. Please refer to the Data Release Schedule to see the next planned release date.

The California Occupational Guides provide information on California wages, job outlook, education, and licensing requirements for approximately 300 occupations. The guides offer students and jobseekers occupational information to assist with making informed career choices.

A list of commonly used LMI terms and definitions can be found on the LMI Glossary of Terms page.

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy. For further information about the NAICS, visit the NAICS FAQ page.

The Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system, which is used by all federal statistical agencies for reporting occupational data, consists of 840 detailed occupations, grouped into 461 broad occupations, 97 minor groups, and 23 major groups. For further information about the SOC, visit the BLS SOC page.

Submit your questions online through Ask EDD. Select Labor Market Information Other (Question or Comment) options and fill in the form from there to submit your question(s). An analyst will review your questions and respond to you directly.

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