Employment projections provide job seekers, policy makers and training providers an idea of how many jobs exist within industries and occupations, how the number of jobs are expected to change over time and what the future demand for workers will be.

Our projections show expected change in employment by industry and occupation, the current and projected employment counts, estimated growth rates and average annual openings.

We develop short-, medium- and long-term projections.

  • Short-term projections are two-year projections.
  • Medium-term projections are five-year projections.
  • Long-term projections are 10-year projections.

We revise the projections annually.

How are employment projections developed?

We develop industry projections and convert them to occupations based on staffing patterns gleaned from occupational employment statistic surveys. The occupations-industry matrix displays occupational compositions for each industry for Washington state and workforce development areas.  The matrix is created for occupational projections and is based upon an occupational employment statistics (OES) survey. Industry classification is based on industry control totals (ICT) definitions.

Occupational projections

Industry projections
Control totals and matrices

Projections methodology

Appendices 1 through 5 of the employment projections report provide an extended explanation of the methodology for: 1. use and misuse of employment projections, 2. occupations in demand (OID), 3. skill projections, 4. frequently asked questions and 5. glossary.

Report data 

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