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What's the complete list of sources Lightcast uses?
What's the complete list of sources Lightcast uses?
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United States

U.S. Department of Commerce

Bureau of Economic Analysis

  • State Personal Income and Employment (SPI)

  • Local Area Personal Income and Employment (LPI)

  • National Income and Product Accounts (NIPA)

  • Annual Input-Output (I-O) Accounts

  • Benchmark Input-Output (I-O) Accounts

  • GDP by State

U.S. Census Bureau

  • American Community Survey (ACS)

  • County Business Patterns (CBP)

  • ZIP Code Business Patterns (ZBP)

  • Nonemployer Statistics (NES)

  • Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI)

  • OnTheMap (OTM)

  • TIGER/Line File (with additions by DM Solutions Group)

  • Population Estimates

  • U.S. National and State Population Projections

  • Census 2000 & 2010 Summary Files

  • Census of Government β€” State and Local Government Finances by State

  • Journey-to-Work (JtW)

  • Consumer Expenditures Survey (CEX)

  • Current Population Survey (CPS)

  • Commodity Flow Survey (CFS)

  • Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) Origin-Destination Employment Statistics (LODES)

    • Origin-Destination (OD)

    • Resident Area Characteristics (RAC)

    • Work Area Characteristics (WAC)

U.S. Department of Labor

Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW)

  • Current Employment Statistics (CES)

  • Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS)

  • National Industry-Occupation Employment Matrix (10-year, current/projected)

  • Occupational Employment Statistics (OES)

  • Occupational Education and Training Projections

Employment and Training Administration (ETA)

  • Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed (CIU)

Occupational Information Network

Wage and Hour Division

  • Minimum Wage Laws in the United States

U.S. Department of Education

National Center for Education Statistics

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

  • Office of Educational Research and Improvement for the CIP – SOC crosswalk, Classification of Instructional Programs Crosswalk to Standard Occupational Classification

  • Common Core of Data

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

National Center for Health Statistics

  • Health, United States

U.S. Postal Service

  • Address Information Systems (AIS) Products, Delivery Statistics

  • AIS Products, 5-Digit ZIP Product

  • AIS Products, City State Product

U.S. Railroad Retirement Board

  • Annual Railroad Retirement Act and Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act Statistical Tables

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

  • County-to-County Distance Matrix (Skim Tree)

Private sources

  • DatabaseUSA business-level data

State Sources

  • In addition to our federal sources, we use state-level industry projections produced by all 50 states.


Canadian Business Patterns (CBP):

  • Establishment Counts by Industry, CSD

  • Location Counts by Industry, CSD

Census and National Household Survey (2001, 2006, 2011, 2016):

  • Workplace-Based: Earnings by Class of Worker, Industry, CD

  • Workplace-Based: Employment by Class of Worker, Industry, CSD

  • Workplace-Based: Employment by Class of Worker, Industry, Occupation, Province

Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours (SEPH):

  • Annual Employment by Industry, Province/Territory

  • Annual Weekly Earnings by Industry, Province/Territory

  • Monthly Employment by Industry, Province/Territory

  • Monthly Weekly Earnings by Industry, Province/Territory

Labour Force Survey (LFS):

  • Annual Employment by Occupation, Class of Worker, Economic Region

  • Annual Employment by Industry, Economic Region

  • Annual Employment/Earnings (two-year rolling averages), Occupation, Employees, Economic Region

Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS):

  • Industry Employment Projections, Canada

  • Occupation Employment Projections, Canada


  • CANSIM 17-10-0084-01 Historic Age/Gender, CD

  • CANSIM 17-10-0085-01 Historic Population Components, CD

  • CANSIM 17-10-0057-01 Projected Age/Gender, Province/Territory

  • CANSIM 13-10-0418-01 Fertility Rates

  • CANSIM 13-10-0710-01 Death Rates

Postsecondary Student Information System (PSIS):

  • Enrollments and Completions by Award Level, Program, Institution, CSD

United Kingdom

Office of National Statistics (ONS)

  • BRES- Business Register Employment Survey

  • WJS- Workforce Job Series

  • ASHE- Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings

  • APS- Annual Population Survey

  • Mid-Year Population Estimates

  • LFS- Labour Force Survey

  • MicroLFS- Labour Force Survey Microdata

  • Sub-National Population Projections

  • Census for England, Wales and Scotland (2001, 2006, 2011)

  • ABS- Annual Business Survey (previously ABI)

  • ABI- Annual Business Inquiry

  • Business Counts

Additional Data Sources

  • National Records of Scotland (NRS)

  • National Statistics Wales (NSW)

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

  • Department for Education

  • Higher Education Statistics Agency

  • Industry Legacy Data

  • Lightcast Projections

  • O*Net

  • Job Centre Plus Claimant Counts

Job Postings

Our job postings are scraped from the web, aggregated, and restructured into a single dataset. We scrape tens of thousands of sites to compile our job posting data. In a given month, this consists of scraping between 6 and 8 million unique active postings from more than 90,000 companies.

Social Profiles

Profiles are scraped from publicly available information from the web, third-party resume databases and job boards, the recruiting industry, opt-in data from employers and applicant tracking systems, sales and marketing CRM databases, and various consumer/identity databases.

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