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March 2010, Vol. 133, No. 3
New all-employee hours and earnings from the CES survey
Angie Clinton, John Coughlan, and Brian Dahlin
Angie Clinton is Chief of the Current Employment Statistics (CES) National Estimates Branch, John Coughlan is an economist in the CES National Estimates Branch, and Brian Dahlin is Chief of the CES State and Area Branch; all are in the Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics. E-mail: Clinton.Angie@bls.gov; Coughlan.John@bls.gov; Dahlin.Brian@bls.gov
The Current Employment Statistics (CES) Survey, also known as the establishment survey, has long been regarded as a primary source of average hourly earnings and hours paid for private-sector workers in the United States. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) first produced estimates of hours and earnings for production workers in 1909. The early data focused on earnings in manufacturing industries, but hours and employment data also were produced.
By 1947, industry coverage for hours and earnings was expanded to include all goods-producing industries; however, it remained impossible to compute estimates for the entire private nonagricultural economy. In 1964, collection was expanded to include hours and earnings data for nonsupervisory workers in private service-providing industries; then, in 1967, BLS began publishing hours and earnings data for all nonagricultural industries in the private sector. While the scope of the data on production and nonsupervisory employees has grown to cover more industries, the data still represent only about 80 percent of workers in the private sector. (See table 1.)
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