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November 1982, Vol. 105, No. 11
Labor force data from the CPS
to undergo revision in January 1983
John E. Bregger
Beginning with data for January 1983, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will make changes in presentation, classification, and estimating procedures in labor force data derived from the Current Population Survey (CPS). This article reports on the nature of and reasons for the changes.
In any economic time series, there is an inevitable conflict between the need for maintaining a consistent data series for historical analysis and the need to introduce change to reflect new concepts and definitions or improvements in survey operations. It is the practice of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, whenever changes become necessary, to introduce them with full explanations, including the reasons for undertaking them and a description of their impact. Moreover, to the maximum extent possible, historical data are revised in order to maintain temporal consistency.
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