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Local Area Unemployment Statistics

Changes to state and local area labor force estimation in 2015

The LAUS redesign has been a multi-year, multi-project initiative to improve labor force estimates for states and substate areas developed by the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program. The changes discussed in the research papers below had been announced through the Federal Register, with the opportunity for public comment through November 10, 2014.

  • Report on Revision to State and Area Time-Series Models (PDF)
  • Report on Revision to Handbook Method Employment Estimation (PDF)
  • Report on Revision to Handbook Method Unemployment Estimation (PDF)
  • LAUS Redesign Questions and Answers

In addition to these methodological changes, the LAUS program also implemented the 2010 Census-based federal statistical area delineations issued by the Office of Management and Budget effective with the publication of the January 2015 labor force estimates. More information on the 2010 Census-based federal statistical areas is available at


Last Modified Date: March 17, 2015