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August 24 -- The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) invites public review and comment to OMB by September 23, 2021 regarding the proposed Current Population Survey (CPS) Displaced Worker, Job Tenure, and Occupational Mobility Supplement to be conducted in January 2022 and January 2024.
 
The CPS Displaced Worker, Job Tenure, and Occupational Mobility supplement is conducted biennially and was last collected in January 2020. The 2022 and 2024 supplement questionnaires are unchanged from the questionnaire used for the 2020 supplement. The supplement is sponsored by the Department of Labor's Chief Evaluation Office (CEO).

This supplement will gather information on workers who have lost or left their jobs because their plant or company closed or moved, there was insufficient work for them to do, or their position or shift was abolished. The displaced worker portion of the supplement will be asked of all persons age 20 or older who have been displaced from a job in the past three years.  The tenure and occupational mobility questions will be asked of all employed persons age 15 years or older.  
 
Data will be collected on the extent to which displaced workers received advance notice of job cutbacks or the closing of their plant or business. For those workers who have been reemployed, the supplement will gather data on the types of jobs they found and will compare current earnings with those from the lost job. The incidence and nature of occupational changes in the preceding year will be queried. The survey also probes for the length of time workers (including those who have not been displaced) have been with their current employer. Additional data to be collected include information on the receipt of unemployment compensation, the loss of health insurance coverage, and the length of time spent without a job.

Because this supplement is part of the CPS, the same detailed demographic information collected in the CPS will be available on respondents to the supplement. Comparisons will be possible across characteristics such as sex, race and ethnicity, age, and educational attainment of the respondent.

The information collected by this survey will be used to determine the size and nature of the population affected by job displacements and the needs and scope of programs serving adult displaced workers. It also will be used to assess employment stability by determining the length of time workers have been with their current employer and estimating the incidence of occupational change over the course of a year. Combining the questions on displacement, job tenure, and occupational mobility will enable analysts to obtain a more complete picture of employment stability. This is especially relevant given the increase in unemployment due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which may also have accelerated structural changes in the economy.
 
The January 2022 CPS, of which this supplement is a part, will be conducted during the week of January 16-22, 2022.  Processing of this supplement will commence in February 2022.  Survey results will appear as news releases in August 2022 and September 2022.  The January 2024 CPS, of which this supplement is a part, will be conducted during the week of January 14-20, 2024.  Processing of this supplement will commence in February 2024.  Survey results will appear as news releases in August 2024 and September 2024.
 
2020 CPS Worker Displacement news release: https://www.bls.gov/news.release/disp.htm
2020 CPS Employee Tenure news release:  https://www.bls.gov/news.release/tenure.nr0.htm
Proposed 2022-24 CPS  Displaced Worker, Job Tenure, and Occupational Mobility Supplement https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202105-1220-002 Click on IC List for survey instrument, View Supporting Statement for technical documentation. Submit comment on this webpage.
FR notice inviting comments: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/08/24/2021-18141/agency-information-collection-activities-submission-for-omb-review-comment-request-displaced-worker
 
Point of contact: Dorinda Allard, Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, Division of Labor Force Statistics, BLS Allard.Dorinda@bls.gov (202) 691-6470   
 
For AEA members wishing to submit comments to OMB, "A Primer on How to Respond to Calls for Comment on Federal Data Collections" is available at https://www.aeaweb.org/content/file?id=5806

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