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Sample Redesign for the Current Employment Statistics Survey

Shail J. Butani, George Stamas, and J. Michael Brick


In this paper, we present some issues as well as empirical results pertaining to the sample redesign for the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Current Employment Statistics (CES) Survey, commonly known as the payroll survey. CES is a survey of 390,000 businesses that is conducted monthly in a Federal/State cooperative environment to produce estimates of employment, payroll, and hours worked.The month-to-month movements in the CES series are closely followed by policy makers and forecasters as timely indicators of the overall strength and direction of the nation's economy.