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Implementation and Results of a New Administrative Record Linkage Methodology in the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages

Jessica Gayle Helfand and Justin J. McIllece


The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) uses a statistical matching component for the longitudinal linking of quarterly establishment records. The original proprietary statistical matching element, implemented in 1999, was recently replaced by a BLS created administrative record linking methodology, specifically designed for QCEW data. This paper describes the implementation and result of the new methodology.