Geographic Information

Geographic definitions for Economic Summaries

Job listings in a newspaper Unemployment rates

The Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program produces labor force data for census regions and divisions, states, counties, metropolitan areas, and many cities, by place of residence. As an alternative to the county-based Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) that it produces for all states, the LAUS program uses New England City and Town Areas (NECTAs) for areas in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Current definitions
www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/assets/bulletins/b10-02.pdf

Additional information about geography www.bls.gov/lau/laugeo.htm
www.bls.gov/lau/lausmsa.htm

Piggy bank Average weekly wages

The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) publishes employer-reported data covering 98 percent of U.S. jobs, by county, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), state, and national levels.

Current definitions

www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/bulletins/2013/b13-01.pdf

Employment on nonfarm payrolls

The Current Employment Statistics (CES) program publishes data for most Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and for most metropolitan divisions. For metropolitan areas in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, the New England City and Town Areas (NECTAs) are used instead of MSA definitions. Additional information is available for nine non-standard areas, including several large cities. Estimates are not produced for micropolitan and combined statistical areas.

Current definitions

www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/assets/bulletins/b10-02.pdf

Additional information about geography

www.bls.gov/sae/saemsa.htm

Pumping gasoline Prices paid by urban consumers

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) produces price change data available for the U.S. city average, for regions and metropolitan areas, for national population-size classes of urban areas, and for cross-classifications of regions and size classes.

Current definitions

See Appendix 5 in www.bls.gov/opub/hom/pdf/homch17.pdf

Credit card Average annual spending

The Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) produces data using metropolitan area definitions based on the 2000 Census. Consumer expenditures are published for the nation, for census regions, and for the largest metropolitan areas.

Current definitions

www.bls.gov/regions/ce_areadef.pdf

Clock and money Average hourly wages

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program provides information for the nation, for states, and for 586 metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, including 380 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) and 34 metropolitan divisions which make up 11 of the MSAs. (Not all areas have information for all occupations.) New England areas are defined according to New England City and Town Areas (NECTA) classification.

Current definitions

www.bls.gov/oes/current/msa_def.htm

Billfold Changes in wages and salaries

The Employment Cost Index (ECI) publishes information on private industry in 15 metropolitan areas, census regions and divisions, and the United States. Metropolitan areas consist of selected Combined Statistical Areas (CSA) and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA).

Current definitions

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/assets/omb/bulletins/fy04/b04-03_appendix.pdf

Additional information about geography

www.bls.gov/opub/hom/pdf/homch8.pdf

Last Modified Date:November 4, 2013

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