View BLS Announces Plans to Conduct CPS Unemployment Insurance Non-Filer Supplement; Comments Due March 5, 2018

The Employment and Training Administration today (January 2) has published the sixty-day PRA notice for the Current Population Survey (CPS) Unemployment Insurance Non-Filer Supplement.  Comments are due by March 5, 2018. 

Excerpts:

  • A version of the CPS Unemployment Insurance (UI) Non-Filer Supplement was last collected in 2005 under an interagency agreement between the Department of Labor and the United States Census Bureau.
  • The UI Non-Filer Supplement will gather information on people who are unemployed but also on a subset of those who are not in the labor force. Information will be collected about UI participation and reasons for not participating. The supplement also contains questions about people's job search experience, such as information about jobs for which they have applied and whether they would accept a job similar to their last job but at lower pay. Additionally, this supplement contains questions about the job search process of unemployed individuals and the difficulties these seekers have in finding new employment.
  • 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 between UI filers and non-filers will be possible across characteristics such as sex, race and ethnicity, age, and educational attainment.
  • UI benefits provide temporary financial assistance to the unemployed who meet certain eligibility criteria and can also help protect the economy during economic downturns. Work patterns have changed since the supplement was last collected in 2005, making updated information of paramount importance. Data gathered in this supplement will help measure the effectiveness of current UI programs, identify possible shortcomings in existing UI programs, and assist policy makers in developing more effective policies.
  • The contact for the instrument is Erin Good, BLS Clearance Office (202-691-7763).
  • Comments may be submitted to Ms. Good, BLS Clearance Officer, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Room 4080, 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20212. Written comments may also be transmitted by fax to 202-691-5111 (This is not a toll free number).