Lindauer, John H.
April 1967
Industrial & Labor Relations Review;Apr67, Vol. 20 Issue 3, p433
Academic Journal
The article suggests that implementation of procedural modifications designed to eliminate or offset whatever causes the Bureau of Employment Security (BES) formula to yield area unemployment estimates which differ from those of the Census might substantially alter the number of areas eligible for governmental assistance. It examines the effect of certain procedural and data changes on the method of classifying localities as "areas of persistent unemployment." Using nineteen labor market areas selected on the basis of data availability, the author show that substantial changes in area eligibility may result from modifications which might be adopted in an effort to improve the accuracy of the rates. It also is possible that eligibility changes would occur if certain efforts were made to improve the employment estimates used in the BES procedure. Furthermore, the BES procedure may be unnecessarily complex, since basically the same areas would be eligible for the "persistent" designation if only the covered unemployment portion of the present procedure were used.


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