These "Labor Shed" (where workers live) and "Commuter Shed" (where residents are employed)
tables and charts provide planners, economic development specialists, job seekers, employers,
transportation authorities and a host of other users with information needed to understand the
commuting patterns of workers. Data used to develop the Labor and Commuter Shed reports was
sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau LEHD Origin-Destination Employment statistics (LODES)
database, and extracted through the Census Bureau's OnTheMap (OTM) application.
The OnTheMap employment data includes UI-covered payroll employment-private sector as
well as state and local government, derived from administrative records submitted by partner
states. Federal government employment data is supplied by the U.S. Office of Personnel
Management and includes all reporting federal agencies with the exception of the Department
of Defense and the U.S. Postal Service.
The employment estimates used for the Labor Shed and Commuter Shed reports are derived
from the OTM employment category of "Primary Jobs". A primary job is a worker's highest
paying job, and since a worker may have only one highest paying job, "Primary Jobs" may
be used as a proxy for workers.
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