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EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS — 2018-2028
Employment is projected to grow by 8.4 million jobs to 169.4 million jobs over the 2018–28 decade, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported today. This expansion reflects an annual growth rate of 0.5 percent,
which is slower than the 2008–18 annual growth rate of 0.8 percent. An aging population and labor force will
contribute to changes expected over the coming decade including a continued decline in the labor force
participation rate and continued growth in employment in healthcare and related industries and occupations.
(See Chart 1.) Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is projected to grow at much the same rate from 2018 to
2028 as it did in the previous decade; labor productivity is projected to accelerate slightly from the previous
decade to an annual rate of 1.6 percent, higher than the previous decade’s annual rate of 1.3 percent.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
The projections are the foundation of the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), one of the nation’s
most widely used career information resources. The OOH reflects BLS employment projections for the 2018–
28 decade. The updated OOH is available online at www.bls.gov/ooh.
Information security analysts
Occupational therapy assistants
Personal care aides
Home health aides
Wind turbine service technicians
Solar photovoltaic installers
Chart 1. Ten fastest growing occupations, projected 2018-28
Percent change, projected
Employment change, projected 2018-28
Median annual wages,