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Correcting Employment Rates in the 2000 Decennial Census Using Information from the CPS-Census 2000

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Publication Date: May 2005

Publisher(s): Center for Economic and Policy Research

Author(s): John Schmitt; Dean Baker

Topic: Population and demographics (Demography and census)

Keywords: Ethnic workers; Young workers; Educational attainment

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

The decennial census for 2000 shows a much lower employment rate for U.S. adults than the Current Population Surveys (CPS) does. This paper corrects the data from the decennial census for reporting error and still finds a substantially lower employment rate, especially among young blacks and Hispanics, than in the CPS.