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Local Area Unemployment Statistics

Local Area Unemployment Statistics are monthly estimates of the labor force, including employment, unemployment and unemployment rates statewide, by county and by metropolitan area.


Local area unemployment statistics (LAUS) are monthly estimates of the labor force, including employment, unemployment and unemployment rates statewide, by county and by metropolitan area. Every month, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) surveys households to learn whether residents are employed or unemployed and looking for work. The survey does not count people who have stopped looking for work. We use these survey data to create local unemployment estimates. These estimates are included in our monthly employment report.  Alternate measures of labor underutilization are discussed here.

 

LAUS city estimates, with a population of 25,000 or more, are produced through a disaggregation technique using Census Bureau employment/population data and unemployment insurance (UI) claims counts.

 

The disaggregation technique is defined as the ratio of population, employment and UI claims counts in a subarea (e.g., city) to the total population, employment and UI claims counts in the larger area (e.g., county).  This disaggregation ratio is then applied to the current employment and unemployment estimates for the county to generate city employment and unemployment estimates.

 

This technique assumes that Census Bureau employment and population data is constant throughout the estimating year for both the city and county area.  

Local economists are available to answer questions about the job market at the county level. Contact an economist in your area.