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May 2005, Vol. 128, No. 5
Improving estimation and benchmarking of State labor force statistics
Sharon P. Brown
Chief, Division of Local Area Unemployment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics. This article is an expanded version of her paper, “Benchmarking State Labor Force Estimates in the United States,” presented at the June 2003 OECD Short-term Economic Statistics Expert Group meeting in Paris, France.
A new estimation procedure, including bivariate models with real-time benchmarking, was introduced into the BLS LAUS program with the January estimates; the new approach to estimation ensures monthly additivity of State and national estimates, thereby reflecting economic events in a timely manner and reducing the size of the annual revision to the State series.
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