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Nonresponse Adjustment in the Current Employment Statistics Survey

Kennon R Copeland


The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey collects employment, hours, and earnings data monthly from a sample of over 300,000 U.S. establishments. To provide timely information, initial estimates are generated three to four weeks after the survey reference period. Final estimates, incorporating late reports received after production of the preliminary estimates, are released two months later. Benchmark estimates, incorporating administrative population data from the BLS’ ES-202 program for March of the prior year, are released annually with the data for May.