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Projections Economist

Recruitment #23-002587-0022


Grade 17


Department of Labor (Headquarters)
1100 N. Eutaw Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This position produces annual employment projections, maintains the Workforce Information Database, and supports ongoing research on Maryland’s economy and labor force as a Data Analyst with guidance from the Chief Economist and the Bureau of Labor Statistics Administrator. Keywords: Economic projections, data analysis, analytics, database management, data science, computer programming, entry level.


Employment projections are conducted using the methodology, software, and guidelines specified by the federal Projections Managing Partnership (PMP) and the Employment and Training Administration (ETA), with support from the BLS Administrator. Projections are for short and long term employment by industry and occupation. Training is provided as part of the on-boarding process.

Projections require: data preparation and review, pre-projection analysis, occupational and industrial employment model selection, and ex-post review. The position is tasked with producing occupational and industrial employment projections at state and sub-state area geographies. The position is responsible for adding value to current requirements and leveraging projections to be used in other products.

Depending on the incumbent’s qualifications, the Data Analyst provides input, guidance, and support to team members through database queries; data analysis with Python, SQL, or a preferred programming language; providing guidance on the use of statistical techniques, database management, and other items as needed. Extensive on-the-job training is provided, so motivated candidates with non-traditional backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


Education:   Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: Six years of administrative staff or professional work. 


1. Candidates may substitute 30 credit hours from an accredited college or university for each year up to four years of the required experience. 

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and two years of experience in administrative staff or professional work for the required experience. 

3. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master's degree from an accredited college or university for five years of the required experience.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer involving staff work related to the administration of rules, regulations, policy, procedures and processes, or overseeing or coordinating unit operations or functioning as a staff assistant to a higher ranking commissioned officer on a year-for- year basis for the required experience.


- One year of experience with data analysis or database management in a professional environment.
- One year of experience programming.
- One year of experience with data analysis.
- One years of database management experience.
- Familiarity with Bureau of Labor Statistics. 


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.


All candidates are subject to a background check against files maintained by the division of Unemployment Insurance (LABOR/DUI) to determine whether any monies are owed to LABOR/DUI as a result of an unemployment insurance overpayment and/or fraud. Any unpaid debt may have an impact on whether or not a candidate is offered employment.


Applicants must provide sufficient information on the application to show they meet the qualifications for this recruitment. RESUMES ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE AND NOT CONSIDERED IN THE SELECTION PROCESS. All information concerning the qualifications, including any required documentation (diploma, transcript, certificate, etc.) must be submitted and received by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be considered.  Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.

Applications that meet minimum and/or selective qualifications will be referred to the hiring unit for interview selection. Units will select those candidates most closely demonstrating the qualifications for interview.


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.



For questions concerning this recruitment, please contact: Brittany Small at Please provide recruitment number 23-002587-0022 in the subject line. The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may mail a paper application to: Maryland Department of Labor, Human Resources Office, Room 1010, 1100 N. Eutaw Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.

Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application. Emailed inquiries should reference recruitment number listed in the announcement. If you are submitting additional information, the preferred method is to upload it with your application. All uploaded additional information must be received by the closing date and time. Please do not submit unsolicited documentation (resumes, cover letters, etc.).

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay. 

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply. People with disabilities and bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. As an equal opportunity employer. Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

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