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Employment by Industry and Occupation

Employment is a key economic metric that measures the vitality of a locality.  Employment measures both jobs in the locality and the jobs held by people who live in that locality but work elsewhere. The number of jobs, occupation of the job holder, industry of the employer, counts of wage earners or self-employed small businesses all reflects a different perspective of the local labor market.  Employment changes- job turnover, new jobs creation, separations- measure the dynamics of the labor market.  Employment is important to local government since it drives a local economy, affects the demand for public services and influences the base for various taxes used to provide those services.


Multiple data sources are used to measure the full breadth of employment and reflect differences in timing.  The data is described in the tables below. Methodologies can be found on the source web site. These tables are sorted by the sources used.  Each table contains the variables available and the location, date, period and method for that variable.  Most data is reported as published by the source.  Quarterly data is seasonally adjusted to provide a clearer picture of employment dynamics.


There are a number of important employment variables contained in the American Community Survey (ACS).  The variables listed below measure some of these variables reported in aggregate as collected in the survey.   The survey provides the opportunity to perform many data analytical calculations for more detail in a location.  Contact us for more information.

To see the full description go to the Employment by Industry and Occupation pdf file