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What is labor force?

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The labor force is made up of employed residents and those looking for work (unemployed). The remainder—those who have no job and are not looking for one—are counted as "not in the labor force." Labor force measures are based on the civilian non-institutional population 16 years old and over.  (Excluded are persons under 16 years of age, all persons confined to institutions such as nursing homes and prisons, and persons on active duty in the Armed Forces.) People who are neither employed nor unemployed are not in the labor force.

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What is Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS)?

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A federal (Bureau of Labor Statistics - BLS) and state program in which monthly estimates of total employment, unemployment and labor force data are provided for Census regions and divisions, states, counties, Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA), cities, and by place of residence.  The dataset is derived from current and historical data from the Current Population Survey (CPS), the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program, and state Unemployment Insurance (UI) systems.

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What is turnover rate in QWI?

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The average number of hires and separations at a given aggregation level, divided by average employment during the period at the same aggregation level (also known as job or employment churning).

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What are new hires in QWI?

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An estimated number of persons that worked for an employer in the specified quarter but were not employed by that employer in any of the previous four quarters.  “Stable” New Hires are new hires that work for at least three consecutive quarters.

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What are Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI)?

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A time-series quarterly state- and county-level indicator dataset about employment, hiring, job creation, job flows, wages, new hires, separations and average earnings.  State Labor Market Information (LMI) agencies supply data from unemployment wage records and from businesses each quarter to LED, who merges LMI-supplied data with current demographic information.

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What is Local Employment Dynamics?

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The Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership provides details about jobs, workers, and local economies and communities’ labor market conditions.  It is a federal (U.S Census Bureau) and state program that integrates existing data from state-supplied administrative records on workers and employers with existing U.S Census surveys, and other administrative records.

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