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State and Metro Area Employment, Hours, & Earnings

BLS Report to Congress on CES Methodology for MSAs

The Joint Explanatory Statement that accompanied the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, included language directing the Bureau of Labor Statistics to conduct a review of the methodology used in the collection and reporting of Current Employment Statistics survey data for Metropolitan Statistical Areas. The specific language included in the Statement was:

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is directed to conduct a review of methodology for the collection and reporting of data for Metropolitan Statistical Areas within the Current Employment Statistics program. Within 180 days of enactment of this act, BLS shall submit a report to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations on ways that reporting for Metropolitan Statistical areas could be improved and any estimated costs of implementation.

A copy of the report that was submitted to Congress is below.

BLS report on CES methodology


Last Modified Date: July 22, 2015