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Key phrases in the Handbook

This table explains how to interpret the key phrases used to describe projected changes in employment. It also explains the terms used to describe the relationship between the number of job openings and the number of jobseekers. The descriptions of this relationship in a particular occupation reflects the knowledge and judgment of economists in the Bureau’s Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections.

Changing employment between
2004 and 2014
If the statement reads: Employment is projected to:
Grow much faster than average Increase 27 percent or more
Grow faster than average Increase 18 to 26 percent
Grow about as fast as average Increase 9 to 17 percent
Grow more slowly than average Increase 0 to 8 percent
Decline Decrease any amount


Opportunities and competition
for jobs
If the statement reads: Job openings compared with job
seekers may be:
Very good to excellent opportunities More numerous
Good or favorable opportunities In rough balance
May face, or can expect, keen competition Fewer