Tracking Pay, Jobs Is About to Get Harder on US Census Changes – Bloomberg Law

Changes in U.S. Census population surveys that come into effect this month are jeopardizing the way economists dig below the main employment data to track more detailed wage and job figures.

The Census Bureau said it decided to publish fewer details from its Current Population Survey — which polls households monthly to generate the Labor Department’s unemployment and labor-force participation rates — to protect the confidentiality of respondents. Economists say the move will likely impede data analysis, including a wage growth tracker from the Atlanta Federal Reserve that is widely watched by Wall Street.

“It’s very frustrating,” said Brad Hershbein …

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