How are Projections Used?

  • Provide a guide to the future level of occupational demand
  • Help shape long-term career goals for Wisconsin's workforce
  • Influence how various resources (e.g. financial, educational programming) may be allocated to support different industry growth
  • Compare data across states

Introducing the New Separations Methodology

The BLS has implemented a new methodology to measure occupational separations for 2016-2026 projections. Even though the Replacements Methodology of the 1990's is still accurate, the Separations methodology better accounts for an evolving workforce and helps project what will happen in this dynamic, new economy.

The purpose of the new Separations methodology and the Replacements methodology remain the same: to provide estimates of workers who leave their occupation and need to be replaced by new workers.

  • Replacements methodology: Only captures workers who took a once-traditional career path by staying in the same industry or occupation until retirement, reflecting primarily retirement and death as a reason for exiting the workforce.
  • Separations methodology: Accounts for different types of job changes, including career changes, promotions and retraining program completion.

National projections using the Separations methodology were released in October 2017, and states will finalize occupation results in June 2018. For more information about the Separations methodology, visit www.bls.gov/emp/ep_separations.htm.

Common Projections Queries

You can open a second browser tab for the Data Page to run while referencing the steps below.

  1. Category selection:Industry or Projections
  2. Sub Category selection: Industry Employment Projections
  3. Area Type selection: State
  4. Area(s) selection: Wisconsin
  5. Projections Period(s) selection: Long Term for the 10 years forecast Note: For State the industry detail is at 4 digits NAICS. For WDA's industry detail is at 2 digits NAICS.
  6. Industry Level(s) selection: Select All or just a specific Industry Level(s)
  7. Industry Code(s) selection: Select All or just a specific Industry Code
  8. Occupation Level(s) selection: Total All Occupations
  9. Occupation Code(s) selection: Total, All Occupations
  10. Then Generate Report button at the lower left

You can open a second browser tab for the Data Page to run while referencing the steps below.

  1. Category selection: Occupation or Projections
  2. Sub Category selection: Occupational Employment Projections
  3. Area Type selection: State
  4. Area(s) selection: Wisconsin
  5. Projections selection: Period(s) Long Term for the 10 years forecast
  6. Occupation Level(s)selection: Select All or just a specific Occupation Level(s)
  7. Occupation Code(s) selection: Select All or just a specific Occupation Code
  8. Industry Level(s) selection: Total All Industries
  9. Industry Code(s) selection: Total, All Industries
  10. Then Generate Report button at the lower left

You can open a second browser tab for the Data Page to run while referencing the steps below.

  1. Category selection: Occupation, Industry or Projections
  2. Sub Category selection: Occupational Employment Projections or Industry Employment Projections
  3. Area Type selection: State or WDA's
  4. Area(s) selection: Wisconsin or WDA's
  5. Projections Period(s) selection: Long Term for the 10 years forecast
  6. Occupation Level(s) or Industry Level(s) selection: Select All
  7. Occupation Code(s) or Industry Level(s) selection: Select All
  8. Industry Level(s) selection: Select All
  9. Industry Code(s)selection: Select All
  10. Then Generate Report button at the lower left

*Note: Select a specific industry to display the occupations within that industry or select a specific occupation to display the industries within that occupation.

You can open a second browser tab for the Data Page to run while referencing the steps below.

  1. Category selection: Occupation or Projections
  2. Sub Category selection: Occupational Employment Projections
  3. Area Type selection: WorkForce Development Area
  4. Area(s) selection: All Items for all the WDA's or a specific WDA only
  5. Projections Period(s) selection: Long Term Note: For the WDA's we have only Long Term projections available
  6. Occupation Level(s) selection: Select All or just a specific Occupation Level(s)
  7. Occupation Code(s) selection: Select All or just a specific Occupation Code
  8. Industry Level(s) selection: Total All Industries
  9. Industry Code(s) selection: Total, All Industries
  10. Then Generate Report button at the lower left

Questions?

If you can't find what you're looking for, feel free to Contact Us or you can email questions to Blania Calderon.

Want all the data in an Excel document? Download Occupation Long-Term Projections 2016-2026 or Occupation Short-Term Projections 2017-2019 Visit the Projections page for more details.

The Projections Unit of the Office of Economic Advisors develops both long-term and short-term outlooks of employment in Wisconsin's industries and occupations. Projections employment includes nonagricultural wage and salary employment, workers in private households, agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting, trapping, and self-employed (SE) workers. Employment trends in approximately 300 industries and 770 occupations are examined.

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