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Federal Government Shutdown: October 2013 Employment Situation News Release

Some agencies of the federal government were shut down or were operating at reduced staffing levels from October 1, 2013, through October 16, 2013. This fact sheet addresses some of the questions raised by data users on how the shutdown affected survey operations and how workers affected by the shutdown are classified in the household and establishment surveys that are featured in the Employment Situation news release.

One of the strengths of the Employment Situation news release is that it presents data from two separate surveys to provide a more complete picture of the U.S. labor market. The shutdown brings into focus some of the differences in concepts measured by the household survey and the establishment survey.

In accordance with usual practice, any special factors that affect the estimates or their interpretation will be discussed in the October Employment Situation news release, scheduled for November 8, 2013.

Household survey

Establishment survey

Last Modified Date: October 30, 2013

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