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August 2006, Vol. 129, No.8
The Current Population Survey response to Hurricane Katrina
Lawrence S. Cahoon
Assistant Division Chief, Census Design, Decennial Statistical Studies Division, U.S. Census Bureau.
Diane E. Herz
Chief, Division of Labor Force Statistics, Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Richard C. Ning
Chief, Labor and Crime Surveys Branch, Field Division, U.S. Census Bureau.
Anne E. Polivka
Supervisory Economist, Division of Employment Research, Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Maria E. Reed
Chief, Current Population Surveys Branch, Demographic Surveys Division, U.S. Census Bureau.
Edwin L. Robison
Supervisory Mathematical Statistician, Division of CPS and LAUS, Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Gregory D. Weyland
Survey Statistician, Current Population Surveys Branch, Demographic Surveys Division, U.S. Census Bureau.
On average, 9 months after the hurricane, those in the affected areas whose residence differed from the one they occupied in August 2005 had a significantly higher unemployment rate than those whose address was the same. The labor force participation rates of the two groups were not very different. This article discusses the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Current Population Survey field staff, data collection operations, and estimation. Also described is a special set of questions added to the survey to measure the labor force status of Hurricane Katrina evacuees. The article concludes with lessons learned.
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