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Tapping the Master Sources of Employment Data
1. Go to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov).
∙ Once there, click on the tab Databases & Tables (or Data Tools).
∙ Next, from “On This Page:”, select Employment.
∙ Then under Monthly, go to Employment, Hours, and Earnings-State and Metro Area and select the icon for one-screen data search.
∙ From the sequence of menus, (1) Select a state. (2) Select a city (MSA) of interest to you. (3) Select Total Nonfarm Employment. [For this exercise you skip Step 4] (5) For Data Type, select All Employees, In Thousands. (6) Check both Seasonally Adjusted and Not Seasonally Adjusted. (7) Add to your selection and click on Get Data.
∙ What is the latest annual count? How much has it changed from the previous year?
∙ How far back does the data series go?
2. Now return to the list of databases under Employment.
∙ Read down the menu under Quarterly to State and County Employment . . .
∙ Again select the icon for one-screen data search.
∙ For a county within your MSA of interest, find the employment in residential property management and nonresidential property management (North American Industry Classification System, or NAICS, codes 531311 and 531312)
∙ Find the employment in two other industry categories that interest you.