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Response Rates for the Pre‐Production Test of the Occupational Requirements Survey

Alice Yu, Chester H. Ponikowski, and Erin E. McNulty


The Occupational Requirements Survey (ORS) is an establishment survey conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for the Social Security Administration (SSA). The survey collects information on the vocational preparation and the cognitive and physical requirements of occupations in the U.S. economy, as well as the environmental conditions in which those occupations are performed. In fiscal year (FY) 2015, the BLS completed data collection for the ORS pre-production test. This paper focuses on the process for computing and analyzing the response rates from the ORS pre-production test, utilizing Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved methods and formulas to produce detail statistics –weighted and unweighted at the establishment, occupation, and item levels. The results from this process will be used to help identify important auxiliary variables for use in estimation processes to reduce potential bias due to non-response in future samples.