Creating the unavailable: the case of US employment data by zip-code
Track: Editing and Data Compilation
Authors: Yuning (Jess) Chen
Each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics issues estimates of employment by Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and sector. For decision makers in business and politics, MSAs are often too large for targeted analysis. We present a case study on how we combined several data-sets from different sources to create monthly historical employment levels by sector and zip-code for the United States since 1990. Animations illustrate how this data can be used for policy analysis and business strategy.