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Local Area Unemployment Statistics

Important Information

Annual Revisions

Each year, historical estimates from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program are revised to reflect new population controls from the Census Bureau, updated input data, and re-estimation. The data for model-based areas also incorporate new seasonal adjustment, and the unadjusted estimates are controlled to new census division and U.S. totals. Substate area data subsequently are revised to incorporate updated inputs, re-estimation, and controlling to new statewide totals.

Model-Based Areas

On March 1, 2024, the LAUS program issued 2023 annual-average civilian labor force and unemployment estimates for census regions and divisions; all states and the District of Columbia; the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division; the Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division; the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division; the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area; New York city, NY; the Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area; and the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division, as well as the seven corresponding balance-of-state areas. As described above, the data incorporate new population controls, updated inputs, re-estimation of models, and adjustment to new census division and national control totals. Both not-seasonally-adjusted and smoothed-seasonally-adjusted (SSA) monthly data for these areas were revised from January 2019 forward. The population controls continue to reflect a "blended base," with elements from three independent data sources for April 1, 2020, as well as use of wedged population controls for the 2010s.

Statewide data for Puerto Rico (which are not model-based, but rather are tabulated from a household survey similar to the Current Population Survey for the United States) were revised for 2022 forward. The not-seasonally-adjusted data reflect the incorporation of new population controls beginning with January 2022, while the SSA data also reflect re-seasonal adjustment and re-smoothing.

Annual-average and historical supplemental items on the LAUS program website containing data for model-based areas, including data files, rank tables, and maps, were updated on March 1 to reflect these revisions.

Substate Areas

On April 19, 2024, routine revisions will be made to data from 2019 through 2023 for geographic areas below the state level (other than the model-based areas noted above) and official annual averages for 2023 will be issued. For all of these areas, estimation inputs will be revised back to 2022, while the revisions for 2019–21 will consist of, at minimum, controlling to the new state totals described above. In addition, some states may revise estimation inputs for some areas as far back as January 2010. For this reason, estimates for all non-modeled areas will be footnoted as having been subject to revision from January 2010 forward within the time-series database on April 19.

 

Last Modified Date: March 1, 2024