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Appendix table 1. Survey establishment response, March 2016
Establishments Civilian Private industry State and local
governments
Total in sampling frame1
6,173,978
5,946,179
227,799
Total in sample
11,400
9,811
1,589
Responding2
8,358
6,886
1,472
Refused3
2,102
2,009
93
Out of business or not in survey scope
940
916
24
1The list of establishments from which the survey sample was selected (sampling frame) was developed from
State unemployment insurance reports and is based on the 2012 North American Industry Classification System
(NAICS). For private industries, an establishment is usually a single physical location. For state and local
governments, an establishment is defined as all locations of a government entity.
2Establishments that provided data at the initial interview.
3Establishments that did not provide data at the initial interview. Data for establishments not responding at
the time of update interviews are imputed. Detailed information on nonresponse adjustment and imputation can
be found in BLS Handbook of Methods, Chapter 8, “National Compensation Measures,” Bureau of Labor
Statistics, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/opub/hom/pdf/homch8.pdf.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Compensation Survey.