U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Employment and Training Administration
Washington, D. C. 20210

CLASSIFICATION

JTPA/SOC

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

TP

ISSUE DATE

July 24, 1997

RESCISSIONS

None

EXPIRATION DATE

Continuing

DIRECTIVE : TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION NOTICE NO. 06-97
 
TO : ALL STATE JTPA LIAISONS
ALL STATE WORKER ADJUSTMENT LIAISONS
ALL STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY ADMINISTRATORS
ALL ONE-STOP CAREER CENTER SYSTEM LEADS
 
FROM : ROBERT S. KENYON
Acting Administrator
for Regional Management
 
SUBJECT : 1997 Standard Occupational Classification Revision

 

  1. Purpose. To transmit the recent Federal Register announcement of the proposed revision to the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system.

  2. Background. Release of the new SOC will have long-term implications for virtually all State employment and training programs. Currently, most workforce development programs rely on the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) and/or the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) occupational coding systems. The DOT is being replaced by O*NET, the Occupational Information Network, and O*NET plans to adopt the revised SOC once it is finalized.

    Over the years, government agencies have created their own classification systems for their specific needs. This made the comparison of occupational data extremely difficult. A single occupational classification system is needed. In addition, requirements in federal legislation are increasingly demanding that occupational data be classified on a more comparable basis.

    The initial attempt to produce a government-wide occupational classification standard was the 1980 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Manual. A federal interdepartmental committee has completed developmental work to update and revise the SOC.

  3. Use of New SOC System. All federal agencies that collect occupational data are expected to utilize the new system. Thus, federally-funded programs and services which rely on or use occupational classification coding will begin transitioning/converting to the new SOC. For example, the revised SOC will be used for the 1999 OES survey as well as the 2000 Census.

  4. Action. Since most employment-related programs, including unemployment insurance, employment services, Job Training Partnership Act programs, one-stop career centers, school-to-work initiatives and career information delivery systems (CIDS), use the OES and/or DOT, it is important that all employment and training programs have the opportunity to review and comment on the proposed revision.

    Comments should be sent in writing by September 5, 1997, to: Paul Hadlock, Standard Occupational Classification Revision Policy Committee, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Suite 4840, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Washington, DC 20212.

  5. Inquiries. For further information, contact: Paul Hadlock, Standard Occupational Classification Revision Policy Committee, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Suite 4840, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Washington, DC 20212.

    E-mail hadlock_p@bls.gov; telephone (202) 606-6502; FAX (202) 606-6645.

  6. Attachment. SOC Federal Register Notice