Modification to the Current Employment Statistics net birth/death model with the release of the April 2020 Employment Situation news release on May 8, 2020

Beginning with April estimates, the establishment survey made two modifications to the birth-death model to better reflect the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its employment estimates. These changes include using a portion of business deaths reported by the establishment survey respondents in the estimation process and adding a regression variable to the model for forecasting net business births and deaths. For more information about changes to the birth-death model, see the establishment survey birth-death documentation.