What's New in LMI
Below is a list of the most recent changes or additions made to data provided on this website. All data can also be accessed in the Data Library.
Monthly Data Release - June 15, 2018
- Help Wanted OnLine™ (HWOL) for May 2018 - June 15, 2018
Online job advertisements data for California.
- Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages - June 7, 2018
QCEW data for 2017 3rd quarter REVISED, and 2017 4th quarter PRELIM are now available online.
- New Separations Methodology for Employment Projections Data - April 19, 2018
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has implemented a new method for measuring occupational separations for the 2016–2026 projections that replaces the method of measuring replacement needs. The Separations methodology was developed to capture a more accurate picture of the workforce and give the BLS the ability to differentiate between workers who are leaving the labor force entirely and those who are changing jobs and leaving an occupation.
Workers once entered the labor force at a young age, working in the same occupation until retirement. New, younger workers would replace them once they retired. It’s no secret the workforce has changed. From technology advancements and shifting trends in the workforce to policy updates and new standards in human resources, the U.S. labor force is vastly different from before.
These changes in the workforce have brought about the need for a new methodology.
Workers today are more likely to be transient and work in a number of occupations during their lifetime. The Separations methodology accounts for this workforce trend, capturing why workers leave an occupation for reasons other than retirement, such as career changes, promotions into management positions, or completion of retraining programs.
“The once-traditional career path of entering an occupation at a young age and working until retirement in that same occupation is no longer the norm for American workers,” said Michael Wolf, chief of the Division of Occupation Employment Projections at the BLS. “Now, it’s common for workers to work in a number of occupations throughout the course of their career. The Separations methodology captures different job changes and allows us to better produce employment projections.”
California’s short-term 2017–2019 employment projections using the Separations methodology are available in the Employment Development Department Data Library. The long-term 2016–2026 employment projections will be released in summer 2018.
For more information about the new Separations methodology, please visit the BLS’ Occupational Separations and Openings web page.