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New Data Collections Using Touchtone Data Entry

Sudarshan Jahku and Mark Sauer


Two programs at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) have recently introduced Touchtone Data Entry (TDE) into their data collection processes. Developed at BLS in the mid-1980s, TDE is currently used in large-scale collection of monthly data by one BLS survey. The two programs now implementing TDE are the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and the Annual Refiling Survey (ARS) component of the ES-202 Covered Employment and Wages program.