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Help and FAQs - State Information


  1. What is a State Profile and how do I use it?
  2. What is Labor Market Information (LMI)? Where can I find LMI resources for my state?
  3. Can you suggest other sources of State and national Labor Market Information?
  4. How do I find education resources in my state?
  5. What is the source of the demographic information provided in the State Profile? How often is this data updated?
  6. Where can I find a list of the Largest Employers in certain states?
  7. What are the levels of education and training information? How are occupations matched to education and training information?


  1. What is a State Profile and how do I use it?
    State Profiles provide a map, flag, Demographic Information, Occupation Rankings, State Information, and State Programs for each state. To create a profile, select a state on the State Profile page.

  2. What is Labor Market Information (LMI)? Where can I find LMI resources for my state?
    Labor Market Information (LMI) is a group of programs and resources that provide a wealth of career information knowledge. LMI ranges from wage, employment, and trends data to detailed information about occupations, industries, employers, certifications, and licenses. LMI is a useful part of exploring careers, searching for jobs, planning for education and training needs, and maintaining a business. LMI resources are available in every state. To access LMI resources in your state, refer to Labor Market Information.

  3. Can you suggest other sources of State and national Labor Market Information?
    The NCS program is conducted by personal visits and can provide greater depth. The NCS occupational work level is based on the duties and responsibilities of the job. It provides information on the wages for the occupations it covers at specific levels of work, rather than just an average for all workers in the occupation. The NCS program provides information for the nation, for 81 metropolitan areas and 73 non-metropolitan counties representing the U.S. and for the 9 census divisions. It includes establishments with at least 50 workers. See NCS estimates.

  4. How do I find education resources in my state?
    Use the options below:
    • Education resources are available in the State Profile. After choosing a state (and selecting to Continue), a link for State Resources will appear halfway down the page under the heading State Information. A list of the resources will result once the links is selected; a heading for Education resources appears halfway down this page.
    • Education resources are also available in the Occupation Profile. Education resources will only be included if you check the option to view Education and Training when creating a profile. Make selections on the proceeding pages. Links to education resources will appear under the Distribution of Educational Attainment table.


  5. What is the source of the demographic information provided in the State Profile? How often is this data updated?
    The State Profile provides the following demographic information: Population, Labor Force, Unemployment Rate, Median Household Income, and Per Capita Income.
    • Population and Per Capita Income estimates are developed by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (via the Regional Economic Indicators System).
    • Labor Force and Unemployment Rates are produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (via the Local Area Unemployment or LAUS Program).
    • Median Household Income is produced jointly by the Bureau of the Census and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (via the Current Population Survey).
    The above listed demographic information is updated on CareerOneStop annually.

  6. Where can I find a list of the Largest Employers in certain states?
    Use the State Profile to find the largest employer employer for any state. Select a state and then scroll down to the link for Largest Employers.

    Also note:
    • Some of the largest employers share building locations/addresses, but are recognized as separate employers because they have different names and tax IDs.
    • Chains, though they often share names, are recognized as seperate employers if they have different addresses.


  7. What are the levels of education and training information? How are occupations matched to education and training information?
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) education and training classification system consists of three categories of information assigned to each occupation. The categories are 1) typical education needed for entry, 2) commonly required work experience in a related occupation, and 3) typical on-the-job training needed to obtain competency in the occupation.

    Typical education needed for entry

    This category best describes the typical level of education that most workers need to enter the occupation. Occupations are assigned one of the following eight education levels:
    • Doctoral or professional degree
    • Master's degree
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Associate's degree
    • Postsecondary non-degree award
    • Some college, no degree
    • High school diploma or equivalent
    • Less than high school

    Work experience in a related occupation

    This category best describes work experience that is commonly considered necessary by employers, or is a commonly accepted substitute for other, more formal types of training or education. Occupations are assigned one of the following four categories that deal with length of time spent gaining related work experience:
    • More than 5 years
    • 1 to 5 years
    • Less than 1 year
    • None

    Typical on-the-job-training needed to obtain competency in the occupation

    This category encompasses any additional training or preparation that is typically needed, once employed in an occupation, to attain competency in the skills needed in that occupation. Training is occupation-specific rather than job-specific; skills learned can be transferred to another job in the same occupation. Occupations are assigned one of the following six training categories:
    • Internship/residency
    • Apprenticeship
    • Long-term on-the-job training
    • Moderate-term on-the-job training
    • Short-term on-the-job training
    • None
    For more detailed information about the education and training levels, refer to the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.


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