LMI Resource Page
The web is brimming with labor market data. But, with so many sources available at the click of a mouse, sometimes it can be difficult to find exactly what you need. We created this page to help connect you to the information you need when you need it. Below, we link to many major sources of labor market data in New York and across the nation. Each link is accompanied by a brief description of the methodology and primary uses.
And, of course, feel free to contact us directly to learn more about how we can help you make sense of it all.
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North American Industry Classification System (NAICS): This is the standard used to classify business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy. This link connects users to detailed information on the NAICS structure. Most datasets profiled on this page that contain industry data report up to the 4 digit NAICS level.
Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) System: This is the standard used to classify occupations into categories for the purpose of collecting, calculating or disseminating data. There are four classification levels: (1) major groups, (2) minor groups, (3) broad occupations, and (4) detailed occupations. Most datasets profiled on this page that contain occupational data report up to the 6-digit detailed occupation level.
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NY Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW)*: QCEW data is collected on a quarterly basis from all employers covered by the State's Unemployment Insurance (UI) law. QCEW captures 97% of New York's nonfarm employment, and it offers a virtual quarterly census of total employment, wages, and employer establishments (reporting units) that can be filtered by industry and geographic area (down to the county level). Publicly available data is reported on a six-month lag, and it excludes the self-employed, unpaid family workers, and private household employees.
NY Current Employment Statistics (CES)*: CES is informed by monthly surveys of over 18,000 businesses statewide, and it offers the most up-to-date employment estimates available by industry and geographic area. CES data is released on the third Thursday of every month and compares industry employment over-the-month and over-the-year. Similar to QCEW, this data does not capture other forms of employment outside of the traditional firm model.
Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) Program*: Calculates the monthly unemployment rate by estimating the size of the labor force and total employment for a given geographic area. Employment estimates are informed by CES data, and labor force estimates are drawn from a monthly nationwide survey of households known as the Current Population Survey (CPS). UI claims data are also consulted to validate survey findings.
NY Quarterly Wage Indicator (QWI) Explorer: Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) are a set of economic indicators including new hires, job creation, separations, turnover, and other measures of employment flow. The QWI are made available by the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) partnership between states and the US Census Bureau and are reported using detailed firm characteristics (geography, industry, age, size) and worker demographics information (sex, age, education, race, ethnicity). QWI Explorer is an interactive, web-based analysis tool that enables users to query the full depth and breadth of the dataset.
: This is a web-based data-extraction platform that enables users to access and download a selection of the entire set of 30 quarterly workforce indicators.
LED Mapping Tool - On the Map: This is an interactive, web-based tool that enables users to create detailed maps based on place of residence or place of employment. In addition to the maps, OntheMap provides detailed reports on age, earnings, industry distribution, and other local workforce indicators.
NY Occupational Employment and Wages (OES)*: This dataset includes employment and wage estimates by occupation and geographic area. It is derived from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, which is administered to panels of 8,500 establishments twice a year over a three-year period.
NY Employment Projections by Industry or Occupation*: These datasets offer short term (3-year) and long-term (10-year) employment projections either by occupation or industry. Occupational Employment Projections capture base-year employment estimates and projected employment estimates for each published occupation within a given region. Long-term projected year estimates are a function of several factors including national and local area trends in industry employment, population, personal income and the statewide economic outlook. Short-term estimates consider national, state and local area variables including industry employment, industry indicators and labor force data. These datasets also includes average annual openings, annual wages, measures of education and training, and employment prospects.
Industry employment counts and forecasts are available for approximately 90 sectors and subsectors and also include the self-employed and unpaid family workers.
NY Staffing Patterns by Occupation or Industry*: Are available at the state-level and show the distribution of occupations within a particular industry or the distribution of industries that employ a particular occupation.
Regional Data*: Centralizes region-specific labor statistics for each of the 10 labor market regions, including New York City.
NYS Business Directory*: Use the Business Directory to obtain the name, address, and contact information for businesses most likely to employ people in your occupation or industry.
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NYC Open Data Portal: Search through over 1,300 unique datasets on NYC government, education, health, public safety, transportation and more.
NYS Open Data Portal: This online interactive tool features economic development, health, recreation, and public services information in New York and allows users to query and extract underlying datasets.
NYS Listing of Licensed Professions: This website offers a comprehensive listing of all licensed professions under the jurisdiction of the New York State Department of Education. Professionals in these fields must meet state licensing requirements in order to practice.
Census Data Tool (replaces American FactFinder as of 2020) : Data.census.gov is the new platform to access demographic and economic data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The vision for data.census.gov is to improve the customer experience by making data available from one centralized place so users spend less time searching for data and content, and more time using it.
CPI Inflation Calculator: This interactive, web-based calculator uses the average Consumer Price Index (CPI) for a given calendar year. This data represents changes in prices of all goods and services purchased for consumption by urban households. To measure actual wage growth or decline over time, use this calculator to convert past wages to the real wages of today.
Living Wage Calculator: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology created this calculator as tool to measure the wage rate required to meet minimum standards of living in a given American community. Living wage determinations can serve as a useful benchmark when examining wage data.
BLS Table for Educational Attainment By Occupation Level: A downloadable table of the distribution of workers' educational attainment by occupation prepared by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
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O*NET: This online interactive tool stores information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors and is largely regarded as the nation's primary source of occupational information. The database is continually updated by surveying a broad range of workers from each occupation.
BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook: A guide to career information about hundreds of occupations prepared by the BLS.
CareerZone*: This is an online interactive tool that encourages current and future working professionals to explore careers related to their strengths, skills, and talents.
NYS Job Zone*: This is online resource for jobseekers provides a range of career services and it connects to a job search engine that can narrow searches for local opportunities by keyword, employer, geography, industry, skills, and more.
* = directly supplied or supported by NYSDOL