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May 2004, Vol. 127, No. 5
Measuring labor dynamics: the next generation in labor market information
Richard L. Clayton and Jay A. Mousa
In recent years, a growing number of researchers have begun to explore the potential for using existing sources of information to address both longstanding and emerging issues in national and local labor markets. One of the main sources of information for these analysts is the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program’s administrative records, which provide information about employers and employees.
This issue of the Monthly Labor Review profiles the wide range of uses being made of microdata flowing from the UI system. The articles illustrate the innovative research and the relatively untapped potential for harnessing these administrative records that, together with sophisticated matching techniques, can develop new products and insights.
This article presents an overview of the data, their source, and their current and potential uses. The articles that follow were chosen because they provide a broad profile of many applications already instituted at local levels in a growing number of States. Many States beyond those mentioned in the articles are using these data sets in research projects.
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