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May 2011

JOLTS as a timely source of data by establishment size, 1990-2010

Alan B. Krueger, Sarah Charnes

Following the financial crisis of 2008, unofficial tabulations of Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) data were the most timely government source of information on employment trends by establishment size; this article discusses how JOLTS data can be used to shed light on employment patterns among small businesses and also evaluates the accuracy of the JOLTS data on small establishments.

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