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Time Series Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic at BLS for Monthly and Weekly Series

Brian C. Monsell


Statistical agencies around the world faced a number of unique challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic
unfolded. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is no exception, and time series researchers developed
a number of responses to these challenges. This paper will summarize work related to
seasonal adjustment processing (concentrating on the Current Population Survey), changes in related
software, and new research in modeling reference week calendar effects.