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October 2003, Vol. 126, No. 10
Evaluating the BLS 1988–2000 employment projectionsAndrew Alpert
Economist, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
BLS employment projections for the period from 1988 to 2000 were borne out in most broad occupations; the chief source of error was the projection of changes in staffing patterns, attributable primarily to the conservative nature of the projections.
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