Q: Are districts required to participate in the Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Employee Statistics survey?
A: Participation in the Employee Statistics (CES) survey is voluntary under federal law in most states, including Texas. 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 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) website.
The BLS of the U.S. 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.