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June 2003, Vol. 126, No.6
Recent changes in the State and Metropolitan Area CES survey
Molly E. Barth
With the release of the January 2003
preliminary State and Area data on
March 20, 2003, the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey introduced a number of important changes. Most notable is the conversion from the 1987 Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system to the 2002 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). All State and Area CES series, including historical data as well as current estimates, are now reported on a NAICS basis; SIC data will no longer be published. The CES program also completed a redesign of its sample methodology, moving from a quota-based to a probability-based sampling technique.
The new changes apply to State and Area, as well as national, CES series. The national CES program implemented NAICS and the final phase of the CES redesign with the release of the preliminary May 2003 estimates on June 6, 2003.1 Other important State and Area CES changes include the development of a minimum guaranteed publication structure for all States and metropolitan areas and the CES Small Domain Model for guaranteed series that do not meet publication criteria under sampling methodology. These changes and others are described in this article.
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1 See Teresa L. Morisi, "Recent changes in the national Current Employment Statistics survey," this issue, pp. 3–13.
Morisi’s article contains detailed background information on NAICS, a description of the conversion of the national CES series from SIC to NAICS, and a discussion of other important program changes implemented along with the conversion to NAICS.
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