How to Use Labor Market Information

An employer can find information about an industry, current wages for occupations and training providers that offer programs in the skills they need for their employees. You can also find information about workplace safety statistics and more.

A job seeker will be able to explore an occupation to find out about future opportunities through occupational projections. They can explore and compare current average wages in specific areas. Additionally, a job seeker can find out what occupations have the most vacancies and in what area they are.

If you are a researcher or policymaker, you can find industry and occupation statistics such as covered employment and occupational projections for a specific area.


In brief, Labor Market Information is data that statistically describes the economic conditions in a certain area. That area can be as small as a city, or as large as the whole country. Information about population, labor force, employment and unemployment numbers and rates, employment in different industries and occupations can all be included under the heading of "Labor Market Information."

  • Want to know how your wages compare with wages for the same job in another part of your state?
  • Looking for the fastest growing occupations in your region?
  • Looking for information on job vacancies in your area?
  • Wondering where to go to obtain a license or certification for your occupation?

You can find answers to these questions and more on this website.

Explore Your Regional Area

Regional Information is a collection of economic information for a selected geographic area.

In the Regional Information section you can explore employment, wages, occupational outlook, population and other economic indicators in your specific area.

You can also find out about other resources which provide area specific data.

You can find all kinds of labor market information from fastest growing occupations to the top three industries. All of this information helps paint a picture of the employment situation in a specific area. This information can help you find answers to some of the following questions:

  • What kind of wages can you expect to find in your area and how do they compare with wages for the same occupation in another area?
  • What is the job outlook for a specific occupation?
  • How many people are in the labor force?
  • How many annual openings are expected for a specific occupation?
Map of Local Areas

Explore Programs

Labor Market Information Services collects data under several federal/state cooperative statistical programs.

Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages (QCEW) - summarizes industry employment and wage data for all employers covered by state Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) program.

Current Employment Statistics (CES) - produces estimates of nonagricultural employment by industry.

Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) - produces estimates of civilian labor force, employment, unemployment and unemployment rates.

Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS) - collects reports on mass layoffs that result in workers being separated from their jobs.

Occupational Employment Estimates (OES) - produces employment and wage estimates by occupation.

Occupational Outlook - forecasts future employment levels by industry and occupation.

Explore Occupations

Employers need skilled workers, and job seekers are looking to acquire the skills in demand by employers.

With this site, you can get the information you need about different occupations to make informed choices for career changes, comparing occupations and more.

When you use the Kansas Wage Survey, you can learn how much occupations pay in your area. You can use the annual job vacancy data and publications to learn what occupations have the most vacancies in Kansas.

You can use the Occupational Outlook to learn about the future demands in the occupation and region of your interest.

Explore Industries

Employers are interested in trends for their industry and whether they are paying competitive wages. Job seekers want to know how stable employment is in the industry of a prospective employer. Analysts need to assess the health of specific industry sectors in making a variety of economic decisions. Use our QCEW and CES data to address these and other topics.