CES Benchmark Announcement

The March 2016 total nonfarm payroll employment level was revised downward by 81,000, or −0.1 percent, not seasonally adjusted from the previously published level. Over the prior 10 years, absolute benchmark revisions have averaged 0.3 percent, with an absolute range from 0.0 percent to 0.7 percent. Benchmark revisions are a standard part of the payroll survey estimation process. The benchmark adjustment represents a once-a-year re-anchoring, based on March data, of sample-based employment estimates to full population counts available through Unemployment Insurance (UI) tax records filed by nearly all employers with State Employment Security agencies.

For more detailed information, please see the CES National Benchmark Article available at www.bls.gov/web/empsit/cesbmart.htm.

Last Modified Date: February 3, 2017