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Integrating Sample Designs for Environmental Industry and Occupational Employment Statistics Surveys

Shail J. Butani, David S. Piccone, and Edwin L. Robison


In fiscal year 2010 budget, the U.S. Congress funded U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to develop measures of jobs associated with environmental activity, also known as "green jobs". Two separate measures of environmental activity are desired--employment by industry; and employment and wages by occupations. In this paper, we discuss the challenges associated with integrating the sample design for a new environmental industry of employment called Green Goods and Services Survey (GGS) with the existing Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey. Both the GGS and OES Surveys call for producing very detailed estimates at various levels of industry and geography that are vastly different for each survey. Statistical issues such as level of stratification, sample rotation, amount of sample overlap within each survey and between the two surveys are discussed.