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Missing Inaction: Evidence of Undercounting of Non-Workers in the Current Population Survey (CPS)

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Publisher(s): Center for Economic and Policy Research

Author(s): John Schmitt; Dean Baker

Topic: Population and demographics (Demography and census)

Keywords: Unemployment rate; Young workers; Ethnic workers

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This report examines one major source of bias in the yearly Current Population Survey -- nonresponse rates. It shows evidence of systematic undercounting due to the disproportionately high nonresponse rate from individuals who are less likely to be employoed than the general population.