STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Ever wonder what your friends, neighbors or co-workers earn? Or have you applied for a job, and drew a blank when asked what your salary requirements are?
While salary transparency hasn’t always been the norm for many industries — particularly white collar jobs — the state is taking steps to enhance access to employment statistics and occupational wage information by launching two new interactive online resources.
The Current Employment Statistics (CES) dashboard provides monthly estimates of non-farm employment, hours, and earnings by industry for New York State, metropolitan areas and counties outside of metropolitan areas.
The Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) dashboard provides estimates of employment and wages for nearly 800 job titles across New York. Both dashboards are easily accessible on the Department of Labor website.
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the new tools during Sunshine Week, a national initiative that spotlights efforts to increase transparency and openness in government.
“On day one, my administration made a commitment to bolstering transparency and restoring trust that government can produce real results for everyday New Yorkers,” Hochul said.
“These new, easily accessible employment and wage data dashboards represent our latest efforts to make good on that vow – bridging the information gap and helping New Yorkers understand the full scope of available job opportunities and competitive wages. Connecting people with this pertinent job and wage information has never been more crucial – as many seek to rebuild and redefine their careers in the wake of the pandemic,” she added.
HOW THE DASHBOARD’S WORK
The CES dashboard can be used multiple ways, including searching a single industry based on geography, time, and seasonal adjustment. The monthly estimates are based on a survey of more than 18,000 businesses statewide. Users can also build their own dataset and retrieve data for multiple industries in more than one region, according to the state.
The OEWS dashboard enables users to browse employment and wage information by occupation. It also allows users to compare wages for occupations across the state, view wages for occupations within groups, and view occupational employment by industry, according to the state.
These new programs are in addition to other virtual data resources offered on the Department of Labor’s website, including Labor Force and Unemployment Data, Prevailing Unemployment Insurance Wages, and much more.
“Data can help us better understand trends across New York State,” New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said. “With these resources, New Yorkers can see employment trends in their region and beyond, explore salaries in occupations of interest, and much more. These new dashboards give New Yorkers the ability to easily explore employment information on their own.”