Q: Are districts required to participate in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Current Employee Statistics survey?
A: Participation in the Employee Statistics (CES) survey is voluntary under federal law in most states. The survey produces monthly estimates of employment, hours, and earnings for the nation, states, and major metropolitan areas. The survey is based on a sample of 390,000 business establishments nationwide. An FAQ addressing the process for reporting data is available on the BLS Website.
The BLS of the Department of Labor is the principal federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision making.
April Mabry oversees HR Services training services, member library products, and the HRX newsletter. She has provided HR training and guidance to Texas public schools since 1991. Mabry was a classroom teacher for 11 years in Texas and Michigan.
Mabry has a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Michigan and certification as a professional in human resources (PHR) and is a SHRM-CP.
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