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How we determine demand for occupations

Introduction: Determining "in demand," "not in demand" or "balanced"
The 2012 methodology is based on industry and occupational projections. Specific levels of job growth and job openings are used to designate an occupation as "in demand," "not in demand," or "balanced."

Occupations that are included
Unsuppressed1 occupations with employment in base year 2010, employing 50 or more persons, are included in this analysis.

Time frames used for projection

The Methodology
Stage one: Identifying provisional "in demand" and "not in demand" categories Stage two: Identifying occupational categories
The final list: Local adjustments The Labor Market and Economic Analysis branch uses the methodology outlined above to prepare initial lists for the state as a whole and by workforce development area. Those lists are then given to local workforce development councils to review, adjust and approve on the basis of their local, on-the-ground experience.
1Various statistical techniques used to limit the possibility of using published data to derive sensitive identifiable information. For more information go to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website: ftp://ftp.bls.gov/pub/special.requests/ep/ind-occ.matrix/matrix_documentation.txt