UI Modernization Information
The data generated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and its State partners is vital to governmental and private decision makers at every level. Unemployment Insurance (UI) administrative data is the cornerstone of many BLS and State efforts for Economic data. Over the last few years, the Federal government has made grant monies available to States for the modernization of UI operating systems. While we applaud the efforts to modernize UI systems, steps need to be taken to ensure the integrity of BLS and State produced Economic data.
The information on this page is meant for those states who are undertaking UI modernization efforts. It provides: governing legislation and policy materials mandating UI and BLS data sharing, technical information for developers, and information and checklists for Labor Market Information Directors and Staff.
Legislative and Policy Directives
The documents below provide legal and regulatory guidelines for sharing data.
- Joint Letter from Gay Gilbert, Employment and Training Administration and Michael Horrigan, Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Secretary's Order 10-1983 - Delegation of Authority and Assignment of Responsibilities for Architectural Accessibility in Department of Labor Structures (waiting for document)
- Title 42, Section 503: State Laws
- Title 29, Section 2: Labor
- UIPL 2-17: Changes to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Codes for Calendar Year 2017
- Federal Register Notice, Wednesday, September 27, 2006, Part VIII: Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, 20 CFR Part 603 Federal-State Unemployment Compensation Program (UC); Confidentiality and Disclosure of State UI Information, Final Rule
- ETA Fiscal Letter 1-90: Appropriate Charging of Costs for Data Collection for the Employer's Quarterly Contribution Report
- UIPL 30-93: Definition of Monthly Employment for the ES-202 Report
- UIPL 16-08: Collection of Monthly Employment Data for the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) Program
Information for UI System Developers regarding the QCEW Extract
The UI extract pulls data from the Unemployment Insurance system and delivers it into the LMI shop where is edited and refined. Necessary data elements, data sources, and extract timing and frequency guidelines can be found in the QCEW UI Extract Guide. The QCEW extracts Wage Records to aide in editing employment and wages, and establishment linkages. Wage record extracts should be in the LEHD file format which is included below.
Information for UI System Developers regarding the LAUS Extract
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program is a federal-state cooperative effort in which monthly estimates of total employment and unemployment are prepared for approximately 7,000 areas. LAUS customers include private industry, researchers, media, and several federal programs. These programs use LAUS data to allocate federal funds to states and areas and to make eligibility determinations for assistance.
The development of accurate LAUS estimates depends on the availability of Unemployment Insurance (UI) extracts that meet BLS specifications. Maintaining the quality and timeliness of UI inputs ensures that accurate LAUS estimates remain available to the American public and to the various federal agencies that use LAUS data in their allocation formulas.
Information for Labor Market Information (LMI) Directors and QCEW Supervisors
It is imperative that LMI Directors and QCEW Supervisors be aware of the changes made in the UI system that are relevant to the QCEW extract. It is also imperative that LMI Directors and QCEW Supervisors safeguard the QCEW extract to ensure the data are continuous and maintain their integrity. The documents below are meant to provide you guidelines as you navigate the UI modernization process.
- Special Considerations for UI Modernization Projects for LMI Directors and QCEW Supervisors (in development)
- UI Modernization Checklist for LMI Staff (in development)
Last Modified Date: March 7, 2019