Glossary of Terms and Acronyms
The following terms and acronyms are commonly used in the development and analysis of labor market statistics.
Information to assist employers in the completion of their Affirmative Action Plan (AAP). Specifically, information is provided that will assist employers in comparing the percentage of women and minorities that comprise of all employment in their establishment to the percentage of women and minorities with requisite skills in the recruitment area. Information is also provided regarding the percentage of women and minorities in the population and in the labor force.
Persons who work as owners and operators of farms, as unpaid family workers on farms and as hired workers who are engaged in farm activities.
ALL OTHER NONAGRICULTURAL EMPLOYMENT
Includes self-employed, unpaid family and private household workers.
The ACS is an on-going survey conducted by the Census Bureau. It replaced the long form census survey done every ten years, starting with the 2010 Census. It is a way to provide the data that communities need every year instead of once every ten years.
See also Census Tract
Average annual job openings indicate the average number of job openings anticipated each year for people who are new to an occupation. Total job openings are the sum of newly created jobs and net replacement openings. Net replacement openings result when people permanently exit an occupation. Permanent exits occur if someone dies, retires, or otherwise decides not to work any more. Permanent exits also include openings resulting from someone permanently changing occupations. For example, a person leaves their job as a cashier and becomes a truck driver. Openings resulting from people changing employers, but staying in the same occupation are not included.
For the Occupational Employment Statistics program any County that is not part of a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is placed in a Balance of State area. These areas should consist of counties that are contiguous - connected - as much as possible. In Wisconsin there are four of these areas and they are redefined about every ten years. The four statistical geographic entities consisting of counties not associated with or characterized by an urbanized area of at least 50,000 population, but share a high degree of social, industrial, and economic integration.
A point in time used as a reference point for comparison with some later period.
An export industry, or an industry that produces goods and services that are sold to customers outside a region. The export of these goods and services brings money into an economy and results in a net increase in local income. Basic industries are typically represented by a location quotient greater than one.
Points of reference (either an estimate or a count) from which measurement can be made or upon which adjustments are based. In general, updated data from other programs becomes available and makes it possible to compare the original estimates with more complete data sources. The benchmarking process involves collecting and analyzing the data, implementing changes, and monitoring and reviewing improvements.
Local Area Unemployment Statistics Benchmarking - Every year updated data from other programs becomes available and is incorporated into revised estimates. Benchmarking makes it possible to compare the original civilian labor force, employment, unemployment, and unemployment rate estimates with the more complete data sources. LAUS estimates made during the year are adjusted to the CPS annual average for that year, while maintaining as much of the original series seasonal pattern as possible.
Current Employment Statistics Benchmarking - Employment estimates are adjusted annually to a complete count of jobs, called benchmarks, derived principally from tax reports which are submitted by employers who are covered under State Unemployment Insurance (UI) Laws. The benchmark information is used to adjust the monthly estimates between the new benchmark and the preceding one and also to establish the level of employment for the new benchmark month. Thus, the benchmarking process establishes the level of employment, and the sample is used to measure the month-to-month changes in the level for the subsequent months.
A Non-wage compensation provided to employees such as:
- paid leave (vacations, holidays, sick leave);
- supplementary pay (premium pay for overtime and work on holidays and weekends, shift differentials, non-production bonuses);
- retirement (defined benefit and defined contribution plans);
- insurance (life insurance, health benefits, short-term disability, and long-term disability insurance); and
- legally required benefits (Social Security and Medicare, Federal and State unemployment insurance taxes, and workers' compensation).
Part of the U.S. Department of Labor, BLS functions as the principal data-gathering agency of the Federal government in the field of labor economics. BLS collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates data relating to employment, unemployment, the labor force, productivity, prices, family expenditures, wages, industrial relations, and occupational safety and health.
Being part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, this bureau conducts censuses of population and housing every 10 years and of agriculture, business, governments, manufacturers, mineral industries, and transportation at 5-year intervals. The entire nation is divided into small sections called Census Tracts, and within each tract the Census Bureau attempts to count the number of persons and demographic, economic, and housing characteristics of the individuals living in that tract. The first official US Census was done in 1790. The data in the census is key to planning for both private business and government.
The Census Bureau also conducts the monthly Current Population Survey, in cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Data from this survey are the source of unemployment statistics.
See also American Community Survey
Recurring expansion and contraction of the economy.
In their simplest form, Career Clusters are groupings of occupations/career specialties used as an organizing tool for curriculum design and instruction. Occupations/career specialties are grouped into the Career Clusters based on the fact that they require a set of common knowledge and skills for career success. The Knowledge and Skills represented by Career Clusters prepare learners for a full range of occupations/career specialties, focusing on the holistic, polished blend of technical, academic and employability knowledge and skills. This approach enhances the more traditional approach to career and technical education in which instruction may focus on one or two occupations and emphasize only specific occupational skills.
In their simplest forms, Pathways are sub-groupings of occupations/career specialties used as an organizing tool for curriculum design and instruction. Occupations/career specialties are grouped into Pathways based on the fact that they require a set of common knowledge and skills for career success.
A small relatively permanent statistical subdivision of a county delineated by local committees of census data users for the purpose of collecting and presenting census data. It is worth noting that census tracts conform with county lines (that is they are always sub-sets of a county), but may not follow zip code lines.
See also American Community Survey
In cooperation with the State of Wisconsin, the Bureau of Labor Statistics conducts the CES survey to collect data each month on employment, hours, and earnings from a sample of nonfarm establishments (including government). The survey is often called the establishment survey or payroll survey. The sample includes over 7,000 reporting units in Wisconsin. From these data, employment, hours, and earnings estimates are produced for various industry detail at the state and the major metropolitan statistical area level. The data are published each month and are considered one of the earliest indicators of the state's economic health in terms of employment.
See also Seasonal Adjustment FAQs
The sum of all employed and unemployed people excluding people less than 16 years of age, institutional population, and those in the military.
CIVILIAN INSTITUTIONAL POPULATION
The institutional population is comprised of people residing in the following types of institutions: penal institutions, mental institutions, sanitariums, homes for the aged or infirm, and homes for the needy.
A notice of unemployment filed by an individual. It may be a request for the State to determine unemployment insurance eligibility and benefit amount, or a claim to earn waiting-period credit.
A person who makes a claim for unemployment insurance benefits under any State or Federal unemployment compensation program.
COMBINED STATISTICAL AREA (Combined SA)
Refers to worker flows between municipalities, counties, and/or states. Data representing commuting patterns is collected through the decennial census.
The ability to produce one good at a lower opportunity cost relative to other goods. Comparative advantage suggests that economies benefit by specialization and exchange. Initially an idea developed to compare national economies, comparative advantage is also important for local economies.
The Consumer Price Index measures the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative market basket of consumer goods and services. User fees (such as for water) and sales and excise taxes paid by the consumer are included; however, income taxes and investments (like stocks and life insurance) are not included.
The Consumer Price Index-Urban (CPI-U) includes expenditures by urban wage earners and clerical workers, professional, managerial, and technical workers, the self-employed, short-term workers, the unemployed, retirees and others not in the labor force.
A claim filed after the initial claim for unemployment insurance benefits for one week or more of unemployment.
COUNTY LABOR SUPPLY AREA
A region composed of non-MSA counties connected by location, commuting patterns, transportation infrastructure, and similarities in wage rates and employment by industry.
Employment in any industry insured under the provisions of the Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance Law. This is a business term used by employers to determine if their business comes under the Unemployment Insurance Law hence "covered" and when covered an employer incurs tax liability when any one of the following conditions are met:
- Commercial Employers who has one or more workers in any 20 weeks during a calendar year, or whose payroll is $1,500 or more during a calendar quarter;
- Agricultural Employers who has ten or more workers in any 20 weeks during a calendar year, or who pays $20,000 or more in wages in any calendar quarter;
- Domestic Employers who pays $1,000 or more for domestic service during any calendar quarter;
- state and local governments have mandatory coverage
- Nonprofit Employers who Internal Revenue recognized as a non-profit organization as described by Section 501(c)(3) and employed four or more individuals on a day in 20 or more weeks in any calendar year.
Current Population Survey. A monthly survey conducted by the Census Bureau of approximately 60,000 households (985 in Wisconsin). This survey of the civilian non-institutional population of the United States provides monthly statistics on employment, unemployment, demographic characteristics, and related subjects which are analyzed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Unemployment that results from periodic declines in the business cycle (for example, recessions). Downswings in the level of economic activity create unemployment as a result of inadequate demand for workers. During a recovery, cyclical unemployment will be reduced or eliminated. The most common form of cyclical unemployment occurs when workers are temporarily laid off.
Advocates of economic cycles propose that the economy grows, stabilizes or declines, in some kind of regular waves. It has been proposed that cyclical unemployment usually lags the business cycle slightly; employers tend to hold onto labor in the hope that they might ride out the cycle. If ultimately forced to shed jobs they are likely to be wary of rehiring as demand increases until they are more certain of the better conditions.
Division of Employment and Training. A Division within the Department of Workforce Development.
Dictionary of Occupational Titles. A classification structure for occupations observed in the American economy. The DOT code structure has been replaced by the SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) code structure.
A dislocated worker is a person who has been laid off, received a notice of termination or layoff, or were self-employed and are now unemployed due to economic conditions or natural disaster.
Persons, not included in the count of unemployed, who make no active attempt to find a job because they think none is available, or they believe they lack the skills necessary to compete in the labor market. Discouraged workers are not considered to be in the labor force.
Persons 20 years and over who lost or left jobs because their plant or company closed or moved, there was insufficient work for them to do, or their position or shift was abolished.
United States Department of Labor; Cabinet-level Federal agency which enforces laws protecting workers, promotes labor-management cooperation, sponsors employment training and placement services, oversees the unemployment insurance system, and produces statistics on the labor force and living conditions.
DURATION OF UNEMPLOYMENT
A measure of the number of full weeks that a person has been unemployed. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) publishes several series on duration, showing the number unemployed for various lengths of time. There are also two published measures of average duration of unemployment: mean duration and median duration. Mean duration is the arithmetic average duration of unemployment in weeks; median duration is the midpoint of a distribution of weeks of unemployment.
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Formerly DILHR: Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations.
Pay or wages of a worker or group of workers for services performed during a specific period of time.
The entire array of activities, some conducted by government, and some by the private sector, often in partnership with government, which are intended to expand the economy of a designated area to increase the number of jobs available to the population of that area.
Economic Growth is an increase in the total output of an economy over a period of time. When new productive resources are available or when more products and goods are produced with existing resources, economic growth takes place. New resources could be a larger working age population, larger investments in infrastructure, or machines used to help increase current worker productivity.
Economic Indicators are data used to analyze and describe current specific trends occurring in the economy as well as future prospects. Examples of economic indicators include employment and unemployment rates, income, savings, volume of building permits, volume of sales, Consumer Price Index and Gross Domestic Product.
Leading indicators tend to reach their peak before the corresponding business cycle turns down. Employment (hours of work) is an economic indicator that tends to lead the economic cycle as consumption is a major component of GDP.
Usually classified according to their timing in relationship to the ups and downs of the business cycle, that is, whether they anticipate (lead), coincide with, or lag behind general business conditions.
ECONOMIC TIME SERIES
A set of quantitative data collected over regular time intervals (such as weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annually) which measures an aspect of economic activity. For example, the Current Employment Statistics program has collected industry employment data by month from 1990 to the present.
Estimates Delivery System. Produces occupational wage and employment estimates at geographic levels not provided for in the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program. These estimates are not intended to be quoted in any official or certifying capacity.
The highest diploma or degree, or level of work towards a diploma or degree, an individual has completed.
An occupation is designated as "emerging" if changes occurred due to technology, legislation, demographics, social concerns and/or the marketplace (e.g., biotechnology occupations).
See also Occupation
Definition differs by Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) program:
- CPS/LAUS Employed: Individuals 16 years of age and older who worked at least one hour for pay or who worked unpaid for at least 15 hours in a family business during the reference week which includes the 12th of the month. Individuals are also counted if they had a job but were temporarily absent from their jobs due to illness, bad weather, vacation, a labor dispute, or for personal reasons.
- CES Employed: Includes all paid employees, regardless of age, who worked during or received pay for any part of the pay period that includes the 12th day of the month.
- QCEW Employed: The number of workers on the payroll who earned wages during the pay period including the 12th day of the month. Persons on paid leave are included, but those on leave without pay for the entire payroll period are excluded.
A person or business that employees one or more people for wages or salary; the legal entity responsible for payment of quarterly unemployment insurance taxes or for reimbursing the state fund for unemployment insurance benefits costs in lieu of paying the quarterly taxes.
This number represents what an entry-level worker might expect to make. It is defined as the average (mean) wage earned by the lowest third of all workers in the selected location, occupation, and industry.
The physical location of a certain economic activity, for example: a factory, store, or office. Generally a single establishment produces a single good or provides a single service. An enterprise (a private firm, government, or non-profit organization) could consist of a single establishment or multiple establishments. A multi-establishment enterprise could have all its establishments in one industry (i.e., a chain), or could have various establishments in different industries (i.e., a conglomerate).
Employment and Training Administration. A part of the U.S. Department of Labor. This agency oversees the State Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs and job training and placement services provided by State Employment Security Agencies, such as the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
The proportion of the civilian non-institutional population aged 16 years and over that is employed.
An economic unit that produces goods or services, usually at a single physical location, and engaged in one or predominantly one activity.
A survey that collects information that is pertinent to a place of work. The Current Employment Statistics survey is an establishment survey that collects employment, payroll and hours data from employers for specific work site locations.
This number represents what an experienced worker might expect to make. It is defined as the average (mean) wage earned by the upper two-thirds of all workers in the selected location, occupation, and industry.
A final payment is the last continued claim for which an unemployment claimant receives in a benefit year because the claimant has no further entitlement to payment. i.e. has exhausted entitlement by drawing the full amount of benefits from program funds.
This one of three kinds of unemployment occurs as people move between jobs, and represents a temporary period of unemployment. For example, when a person voluntarily leaves one job and has not yet begun another job. The worker is voluntarily unemployed and is utilizing his/her right to change jobs.
In a situation approaching full employment, frictional unemployment may form a significant share of all unemployment: in conditions of high unemployment, it is likely to make a small contribution.
Defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as employment of 35 hours or more in a week.
Gross Domestic Product is a measure of the total production and consumption of goods and services in the U.S. The BEA constructs two complementary measures of GDP, one based on income and one based on expenditures. GDP is measured on the product side by adding up the labor, capital, and tax costs of producing the output. On the consumption side, GDP is measured by adding up expenditures by households, businesses, government and net foreign purchases. Theoretically, these two measures should be equal. However, due to problems collecting data, there is often a discrepancy between the two measures. The GDP price deflator is used to convert output measured at current prices into constant-dollar GDP. This data is used to define business cycle peaks and troughs. Total GDP growth of between 2.0% and 2.5% is generally considered to be optimal when the economy is at full employment (unemployment between 5.5% and 6.0%). Higher growth than this leads to accelerating inflation, while lower growth indicates a weak economy.
GOODS PRODUCING INDUSTRIES
In NAICS, identified as a domain that includes the following supersectors: Natural Resources and Mining; Construction; and Manufacturing. These supersectors are further identified as sectors, which include Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Hunting; Construction; and Manufacturing.
HIGH GROWTH OCCUPATIONS
High growth occupations are based on percentage change and must have at least 500 job openings over the latest long-term projections period to make the list. The larger the percentage change the faster the occupation is growing.
HOT PROJECTED JOB GROWTH OCCUPATIONS/ HOT JOBS
Hot projected job growth occupations must meet these criteria:
- Median salary must be above the state median
- Percentage change must be greater than the state average
- Must include sufficient job opening
These occupations are also grouped by occupational categories.
As defined by the Census Bureau, all persons who occupy a housing unit. A housing unit is a room or group of rooms intended for occupancy as separate living quarters and having either a separate entrance or complete cooking facilities for the exclusive use of the occupants.
A survey, such as the CPS, that collects information that is pertinent to a place of residence.
A distinct group of productive or profit-making enterprises. In NAICS, industries are defined and classified by how products and services are created.
With occupational projections, the occupations within industries (staffing patterns) are obtained through the Occupational Employment Statistics program survey. Approximately 30,000 Wisconsin establishments out of about 160,000 are surveyed over a three year period on how many individuals they employ in each occupation along with their wage. The results generate an occupational distribution or staffing pattern for each industry. The Projections program uses the occupational employment within industries, or staffing patterns, data that is developed from the survey.
The source for the historic industry employment is the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This employment comes from Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) and the Current Employment Statistics (CES) programs. For the non-covered employment the Census and Current Population Survey (CPS) are the primary sources.
A sustained increase in prices that lead to a decrease in the amount of goods and services that can be purchased for the same amount of money.
Job Zone Levels are used on the O*Net to categorize jobs according to complexity. There are five job zone levels, from level one (jobs requiring little or no training) to level five (jobs requiring higher education, training and experience). Refer to O*Net's Job Zones definition for more information.
A disagreement or conflict between an employer and employees, or between the employers association and employees trade union.
The civilian labor force comprises the total of all civilians classified as employed and unemployed. The labor force, in addition, includes members of the armed forces stationed in the United States. This is the working definition as used by the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. Also see civilian labor force.
LABOR FORCE PARTICIPATION RATE
The proportion of the civilian non-institutional population aged 16 years and over that is in the labor force. See civilian labor force.
The economic transactions involving the hiring of people on the one side and the selling of one's labor on the other side. Labor market does not refer to a physical marketplace.
Labor market analysis is how one measures and assesses the economic forces that impact the employment process. There are many variables affecting the labor market: population growth and characteristics, industrial structure and development, new technologies, changes in consumer demand, unionization and trade disputes, recruitment practices, wage levels and conditions of employment, and training opportunities. Done correctly, labor market analysis can address a variety of questions, such as:
- What are local economic conditions?
- What parts of the local economy have been growing?
- What industries have been declining?
- How does the local economy compare to similar communities, the state, and the nation?
- What are the factors leading to local employment and wage growth?
- How do we identify new opportunities for economic development?
The answers to these questions can assist developers and policy makers identify industries to support or grow, help job seekers target growing occupations and industries and, ultimately, create a picture of future strengths and weaknesses in the labor market. The basic data needed to answer these questions are demographic information, including population trends and projections; unemployment statistics, current and historic; employment statistics by industry; payroll and wages by place of work; and industry profiles and projections.
An economically integrated geographical unit within which workers may readily change jobs without changing their place of residence. All States are divided into exhaustive LMA's, which include a county or a group of contiguous counties.
Labor Market Information is the body of information that deals with the functioning of labor markets and the determination of the demand for and supply of labor. It includes, but is not limited to, such key factors as changes in the level and/or composition of economic activity, the population, employment and unemployment, income and earnings, and wage rates and fringe benefits.
A Federal-State cooperative program between the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the State of Wisconsin that develops monthly estimates of the labor force, employment, unemployment, and unemployment rates for the nation, state, counties, Workforce Development Areas, labor market areas, metropolitan divisions, combined statistical areas, metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas, and cities with a population of 25,000 or more.
A voluntary partnership between state labor market information agencies and the Census Bureau to develop new information about local labor market conditions at low cost, with no added respondent burden, and with the same confidentiality protections afforded census and survey data.
A location quotient is an index used to compare industry share in a local economy to some reference (usually national) economy, calculated as a ratio of the local economy to the reference economy.
Refusal by an employer to allow employees to come in to work until they agree to the employers terms. Alternative term is workstop.
MEAN WAGE (AVERAGE WAGE)
This number represents the average pay earned by all workers in the selected location, occupation, and industry. It is calculated by summing the adjusted wages for all workers and dividing by the number of workers. It is a very general measure of what all workers earn.
An occupational median wage estimate is the boundary between the highest paid 50 percent and the lowest paid 50 percent of workers in that occupation. Half of the workers in a given occupation earn more than the median wage, and half the workers earn less than the median wage.
A county or group of counties delineated within a larger metropolitan statistical area, provided that the larger metropolitan statistical area contains a single core with a population of at least 2.5 million and other criteria are met. A Metropolitan Division consists of one or more main/secondary counties that represent an employment center or centers, plus adjacent counties associated with the main/secondary county or counties through commuting ties. Not all metropolitan statistical areas will contain metropolitan divisions.
A geographic entity consisting of the county or counties associated with at least one urbanized area of at least 50,000 population, plus adjacent counties having a high degree of social and economic integration with the core as measured through commuting ties.
A geographic entity consisting of the county or counties associated with at least one urban cluster of at least 10,000 but less than 50,000 population, plus adjacent counties having a high degree of social and economic integration with the core as measured through commuting ties.
The smallest hourly wage that an employee may be paid as mandated by federal and state laws.
An industry classification system that groups establishments into industries based on the activities in which they are primarily engaged. It is a joint venture with Canada and Mexico as well as a six-digit hierarchical coding system to classify all economic activity. In the United States there are 20 sectors and 1074 industries.
A hierarchical structure based on a production-oriented or supply-oriented framework which groups establishments into industries according to similarities in processes used to create goods or services. All industries are identified within a domain (goods producing or services producing), within a supersector, and then by sector.
NEW HIRE REPORTING
A process by which an employer reports information on newly hired employees to Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development within 20 days after the employee starts work or employees who return to work after an unpaid interval of more than 90 days (seasonal workers.) States match New Hire reports against their child support records to locate parents, establish an order, or enforce an existing order. In addition to matching within a state, states transmit the New Hire reports to the National Directory of New Hires (NDNH). State agencies operating employment security (unemployment insurance) and workers' compensation programs have access to their state New Hire information to detect and prevent erroneous benefit payments. In addition, each state can conduct matches between its own New Hire database and other state programs to prevent unlawful or erroneous receipt of public assistance, including welfare and Medicaid payments and food stamps.
NONAGRICULTURAL WAGE AND SALARY EMPLOYMENT
Includes all full-time and part-time employees of all classes (including employees on paid sick leave, paid holiday, or paid vacation) who work in or receive compensation from nonagricultural establishments for any part of the pay period that includes the 12th of the month. It is a count of jobs by place of work.
It does not include pensioners, members of the armed forces, self-employed or unpaid volunteer or family workers, domestic workers in households, or persons laid off, on leave of absence without pay, or on strike for the entire reference period. These statistics are collected in coordination with the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program. (Term also referred to as NFWS and Nonfarm Wage and Salary)
An industry that produces goods and services that are consumed locally. Because these industries do not export their goods and services outside their region, they do not provide a net addition to the local economy. Non-basic industries are typically represented by a location quotient less than one.
NON TRADITIONAL OCCUPATIONS
These are occupations in which either men or women are underrepresented. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, nontraditional occupations for women are jobs that employ 25 percent or less women.
The unemployment rate which exists because of imperfections in job markets. Imperfections are such factors as absence of costless job information, lack of perfect mobility, membership limitation by unions, and licensing for purposes of restricting quantities of workers. Also called natural rate of unemployment.
This term is used to describe data series not subject to the seasonal adjustment process. In other words, the effects of regular, or seasonal, patterns have not been removed from these series.
NOT IN THE LABOR FORCE
All people 16 years of age and older who are neither employed nor unemployed. This group consists mainly of students, people tending to family and/or household duties, retirees, residents of institutions, disabled people, and unpaid people working less than 15 hours a week in a family business.
An activity in which one engages to earn a livelihood.
See also Emerging Occupations
OCCUPATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING REQUIREMENTS CATEGORIES
Occupations are classified into 1 of 11 categories that describe the education or training needed by most workers to become fully qualified. The categories are: first professional degree, doctoral degree, master's degree, work experience in an occupation requiring a bachelor's or higher degree, bachelor's degree, associate degree, post-secondary vocational training, work experience in a related occupation, long-term on-the-job training, moderate-term on-the-job training, and short-term on-the-job training.
Defined occupations selected for study classified in one of the following groups: Professional, technical, and related; clerical and sales; and blue-collar and service.
To obtain the occupational employment projections, staffing patterns are applied to the base and projected year industry employment. Because occupational employment changes over time and is not static, adjustments are made to the staffing patterns to predict future staffing needs. Factors provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics are used to make these adjustments. These factors tell whether an occupation is growing in importance in an industry, declining in importance or is not changing in importance.
Also estimated are the number of openings that are expected to occur in each occupation over the projected period. There are two sources of openings that are estimated. The first, openings due to growth, are the numeric change expected over the projections period. The second and equally important source of openings is net replacement openings. These openings occur when workers leave the labor force or change occupations. Again, information provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics allows estimates to be made of these job openings.
A cooperative endeavor of the Bureau of Labor Statistics and State of Wisconsin. The OES program produces employment and wage estimates for over 700 occupations for the State as a whole, MSA's, and Balance of State areas.
The Occupational Information Network, a comprehensive database of worker attributes and job characteristics. Though O*NET does not use the same coding for occupations as the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system, O*Net Online provides a crosswalk between O*NET and SOC classifications.
Defined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as employment between 1 and 34 hours per week.
Per capita income is the average income computed for every man, woman, and child (population) in a particular group (usually a local geographic region or a state). The average per capita income is computed by using total income received by individuals (personal income vs business income) from all sources--wage and salary disbursements, other labor income, proprietors' income, rental income, dividends, personal interest income, and transfer payments--minus personal contributions for social insurance, divided by the population.
PERCENTILE WAGE ESTIMATE
Shows what percentage of workers in an occupation earns less than a given wage and what percentage earns more. For example, a 25th percentile wage of $15.00 per hour indicates that 25 percent of workers (in a given occupation in a given area) earn less than $15.00 per hour; therefore 75 percent of workers earn more than $15.00 per hour.
Income received by persons from all sources. It is the sum of compensation of employees, proprietors' income, rental income, income receipts on assets, and current transfer receipts minus contributions for government social insurance.
The hourly basic rate of pay, plus the hourly contribution for health insurance benefits, vacation benefits, pension benefits and any other bona fide economic benefit, paid directly or indirectly for a majority of the hours worked in a trade or occupation for all types of local public works projects, for all types of state public works projects, except highways and bridges, and for all state contract highway and bridge construction projects.
PRIVATE HOUSEHOLD WORKERS
People who work for profit or fees, in private households, as child care workers, cooks, housekeepers or servants.
A portion of the total economy that does not directly involve any level of government, as opposed to the public sector, which includes all operations of all levels of government.
Amount of output by worker per unit of labor hours.
See also Consumer Price Index
A program of study is a sequence of instruction (based on recommended standards and knowledge and skills) consisting of coursework, co-curricular activities, work-site learning, service learning and other learning experiences. This sequence of instruction provides preparation for a career.
An estimate of future employment based on historical employment trends and anticipated shifts in economic, social, and demographic factors.
The purpose of Wisconsin's Projections program is to offer some insight into questions regarding the future growth or decline of Wisconsin's industries and occupations. Long- and short-term outlooks of employment are provided. The long-term projections are for ten years out into the future; short-term projections are for two years.
A portion of the total economy that includes only Federal, State, and local government.
A cooperative endeavor of the Bureau of Labor Statistics and State of Wisconsin. Using quarterly data, BLS summarizes employment and wage data for workers covered by State Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and for civilian workers covered by the program of Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE).
A recession is a significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy, lasting more than a few months, normally visible in real Gross Domestic Product (GDP), real income, employment, industrial production, and wholesale-retail sales. A recession begins just after the economy reaches a peak of activity and ends as the economy reaches its trough. Between trough and peak, the economy is in an expansion. Expansion is the normal state of the economy. Recessions are designated by a committee of experts at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a private non-profit research organization that focuses on understanding the U.S. economy.
Unemployment associated with predictable swings in employment and job seeking that occurs at similar times each year. These seasonal events include seasonal changes in weather, reduced or expanded production, harvests, major holidays, the opening and closing of schools, and other swings that follow a more or less regular pattern each year.
Industries affected by seasonal unemployment include agricultural related industries, construction, and any industry affected by seasonal fluctuations in the demand for their products.
A statistical technique that eliminates the influences of weather (i.e. food processing or construction), holidays, the opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events from economic time series. This permits easier observation and analysis of cyclical, trend, and other nonseasonal movements in the data. By eliminating seasonal fluctuations, the series becomes smoother and it is easier to compare data from month to month and thus is more likely to reflect true changes in the economy.
Seasonal events will hide underlying trends that could be significant for interpreting an economic time series. Removal of seasonal influences from the statistical counts allows for assessing only the economic changes over time, thus allowing for a better analysis of the more important underlying reasons for month-to-month changes in joblessness.
Persons who work for profits or fees in their own unincorporated business, trade or professional practice as their main source of income. Persons working in their own incorporated business are counted as wage and salary workers.
SERVICE PRODUCING INDUSTRIES
Those industries that primarily produce services. In NAICS, identified as a domain that includes the following supersectors: Trade, Transportation, and Utilities; Information; Financial Activities; Professional and Business Services; Education and Health Services; Leisure and Hospitality; Other Services; Public Administration; Unclassified. These supersectors are further identified by NAICS sectors: Wholesale Trade; Retail Trade; Transportation and Warehousing; Utilities; Information; Financial and Insurance; Real Estate and Rental and Leasing; Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services; Management of Companies and Enterprises; Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services; Educational Services; Health Care and Social Assistance; Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation; Accommodation and Food Services; Other Services; Public Administration; and Unclassified.
Shift-share analysis is a way to analyze economic growth by separating it into three components: national growth, industrial mix, and regional competitiveness.
A system for classifying all occupations in the economy. Occupations are classified into one of 23 major groups that are further divided into 96 minor groups, 449 broad occupations, and 821 detailed occupations.
A database containing names and addresses of employers covered by Wisconsin's Unemployment Insurance Law. Upon request customers can obtain information at greater industry or geographic detail.
A concerted refusal to work by employees, with the aim of improving wages or employment conditions, voicing a grievance, making a protest, or supporting other workers in such an endeavor. Alternative term is workstop.
This type of unemployment occurs when the basic nature of the economy changes over time such that skills which unemployed workers possess are no longer demanded by employers. Structural unemployment is involuntary unemployment and typically requires retraining or education of displaced workers to bring their skills into line with demand.
Each O*Net Job Zone level is associated with an SVP range. The SVP is the specific vocational preparation training time permitted for an occupation. "Permitted" means that the Department of Labor (DOL) has determined the SVP for each occupation (normal requirements in the USA), and employers may not set higher requirements than those described by the SVP, without documentation of business necessity. Refer to O*Net's SVP definition for more information.
TARGETED EMPLOYMENT AREAS (TEA)
A designation to encourage foreign investment and economic growth by reducing the requirements for obtaining EB-5 immigrant investor visas. Targeted Employment Areas are areas that, at the time of investment, are rural areas or areas experiencing unemployment of at least 150 percent of the national unemployment rate.
A form of structural unemployment created by the substitution of automated equipment for labor, or by changing technologies.
Separation of an employee from an establishment (voluntary, involuntary, or other).
The number of total separations during the month divided by the number of employees who worked during or received pay for the pay period that includes the 12th of the month (monthly turnover); the number of total separations for the year divided by average monthly employment for the year (annual turnover).
Unemployment Insurance is a Federal/State of Wisconsin cooperative program for the accumulation of funds paid by employers, to be used for the payment of Unemployment Insurance benefits to workers during periods of unemployment, which are beyond their control.
Individuals 16 years of age or older who do not have a job but are available for work, are actively seeking work, and had made specific efforts to find employment sometime during the 4 week-period ending with the reference week (the week including the 12th of the month). People who were waiting to be recalled to a job from which they had been laid off within the past 6 months, or those waiting to report to a new job within 30 days are also counted as unemployed.
A situation where people who are willing and able to work cannot find employment. It is considered an involuntary situation instead of one in which persons voluntarily choose leisure over work. There are several types of unemployment categorized by their uses and characteristics. They are: cyclical unemployment, frictional unemployment, seasonal unemployment, structural unemployment, and technological unemployment.
See also Seasonal Adjustment FAQs
An establishment (i.e., store, plant, warehouse) that produces goods and services, usually at a single physical location, and is engaged in one or predominantly one industry activity.
UNPAID FAMILY WORKERS
Persons who worked without pay for 15 hours a week or more in a business operated by a family member.
- Average wage (Mean wage) is the average pay earned by all workers in the selected location, occupation, and industry. It is calculated by summing the adjusted wages for all workers and dividing by the number of workers. It is a very general measure of what all workers earn.
- Average Weekly is the quotient obtained by dividing the total of the wages reported by all insured employers by the monthly average insured employment during the immediately preceding calendar year and further dividing the quotient by 52 to obtain a weekly rate.
- Entry wage is what an entry-level worker might expect to make. It is defined as the average (mean) wage earned by the lowest third of all workers in the selected location, occupation, and industry.
- Experienced wage is what an experienced worker might expect to make. It is defined as the average (mean) wage earned by the upper two-thirds of all workers in the selected location, occupation, and industry.
- 25th Percentile estimate indicates that 25 percent of the workers in an occupation earn less than a given wage. Conversely, 75 percent of the workers in that same occupation will earn more than the given wage.
- 75th Percentile estimate indicates that 75 percent of the workers in an occupation earn less than a given wage. Conversely, 25 percent of the workers in that same occupation will earn more than the given wage. For example, if the wage is $15.00, 75 percent of the workers in that occupation will be earning less than $15.00, while 25 percent of the workers will be earning more than $15.00.
WAGE AND SALARY WORKERS
Workers who receive wages, salaries, commissions, tips, payment in kind, or piece rates. The group includes employees in both the private and public sectors.
WAGES AND SALARIES
Hourly straight-time wage rate or, for workers not paid on an hourly basis, straight-time earnings divided by the corresponding hours. Straight-time wage and salary rates are total earnings before payroll deductions, excluding premium pay for overtime and for work on weekends and holidays, shift differentials, and non-production bonuses such as lump-sum payments provided in lieu of wage increases.
See also Earnings
Eleven politically defined areas in the State of Wisconsin, which receive services responsive to local conditions and needs.
A structure intended for use by states as a tool for the storage and dissemination of local, state, regional, and national workforce information, compiling of labor market, economic, demographic and occupational data. It is a normalized, relational database structure that was created to provide all states with a "common structure" for data delivery. The structure is designed to be independent of operation systems and database application requirements.
A corrected census count of those individuals 16 years of age and older.