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ALMIS - America's Labor Market Information System
A comprehensive system providing direct access to state-of-the-art labor
market information services. It encompasses existing labor market information
systems and much more.
BEA - Bureau of Economic Analysis
A division of the U.S. Department of Commerce that collects and disseminates
data regarding different aspects of the economy.
BLS - Bureau of Labor Statistics
This agency (within the United States Department of Labor) is the primary
data-gathering entity of the federal government in the field of labor economics.
BLS employees collect, process, analyze and disseminate data relating to
employment, unemployment, the labor force, productivity, prices, family
expenditures, wages, industrial relations and occupational safety and health.
CC - Continued Claims
A request filed for waiting period credit or payment for one or more weeks of employment.
Participants must respond to questions concerning their request for continued claims.
These claims are usually filed by mail or telephone; the State will provide filing
instructions. They are filed weekly or bi-weekly. Any earnings from work during the
week(s) must be reported.
CES - Current Employment Statistics
Estimates of nonagricultural wage and salary employment and production
workers hours and earnings by industry, produced as part of a nationwide
program, in cooperation with BLS, for the state and each metropolitan statistical
area (MSA) from a sample of employing establishments. This data is published
in the monthly Labor Market Information
CEW - Covered Employment and Wages
A unit in Research and Statistics that collects quarterly reports of employment
from employers covered by the Employment Security Law and who pay unemployment
insurance for employees. The report, which is produced quarterly and annually,
details such data as wages, industry employment by parish, number of employing
CFOI - Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries
Includes information on events or exposure causing fatalities, worker
characteristics, and fatalities by occupation and industry.
CPI - Consumer Price Index
Measures the average annual and monthly changes in prices via a fixed
market basket of goods and services for the United States. It is also known
as the Cost of Living index and is produced in two series, All Urban Consumers
and Urban Wage and Clerical Workers.
CPS - Current Population Survey
a monthly household survey of approximately 56,000 selected households
in the U.S. conducted for BLS by the Census Bureau. Respondents are interviewed
to obtain information on the employment status of each household member,
age 16 and over, during the reference week.
DUA - Disaster Unemployment Assistance
Provides financial assistance to individuals whose employment or self-employment
has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster declared by the
President of the United States.
ETA - Employment and Training Administration
This agency is a division within the U.S. Department of Labor that seeks to build
up the labor market through the training of the workforce and the placement of
workers in jobs through employment services.
GDP - Gross Domestic Product
Represents the total value of all goods and services produced within the
borders of the United States. This also includes any foreign company products
that are produced in the United States.
GNP - Gross National Product
Represents the total value of all American national goods and services
produced inside and outside the borders of the United States.
GSP - Gross State Product
The value added in production by the labor and property located in a state.
GSP for a State is derived as the sum of the gross state product originating
in all industries in a State. In concept, an industry's GSP, referred to as its
"value added", is equivalent to its gross output (sales or receipts and other
operating income, commodity taxes, and inventory change) minus its intermediate
inputs (consumption of goods and services purchased from other U.S. industries or
imported). Thus, GSP is often considered the state counterpart of the nation's gross
domestic product (GDP), BEA's featured measure of U.S. output.
IC - Initial Claims
Any notice of unemployment to initiate a request either for a determination of
entitlement to and eligibility for compensation, or for a subsequent period of
unemployment within a benefit year or period of eligibility.
ILO - International Labor Organization
Brings together the governments, employers and workers of its 174 member
states for the purpose of improving social protection and conditions of
life and work throughout the world.
IAWP - International Association of Workforce Professionals
Formerly called IAPES. An international support group for employees of employment
LAUS - Local Area Unemployment Statistics
Program that produces the civilian labor force estimates including the
employed, unemployed and the unemployment rate for the state, MSAs, and
the 64 parishes.
LLSIL - Lower Living Standard Income Level
WIA Section 101(24) defines the LLSIL as "that income level (adjusted for regional,
metropolitan, urban, and rural differences and family size) determined annually by
the Executive Director based on the most recent lower living family budget issued
by the Executive Director."
LMA - Labor Market Area
An area consisting of a central city or cities and the surrounding territory
within normal commuting distance. Persons in a labor market area can change
jobs without having to change residences. The boundaries depend primarily
on economic and geographic factors rather than on political jurisdictions.
LMI - Labor Market Information
Data on job seekers, employment, unemployment, changes in industrial structure,
technological changes, conditions of employment, wage rates and other related
LOIS - Louisiana Occupational Information System
A comprehensive labor market information delivery system developed by
LWC and Geographic Solutions, Inc., providing a single source of demographic,
economic, and labor market information for the state, MSA's and parishes.
LSA - Labor Surplus Areas
Classified on the basis of civil jurisdictions rather than on a metropolitan area
or labor market area basis. Civil jurisdictions are now defined as all cities with
a population of at least 25,000 and all counties, and are classified as labor surplus
areas when their unemployment rate was at least 20 percent above the average unemployment
rate for all States (including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) during the
previous 2 calendar years.
LWIA - Local Workforce Investment Area
An area designated by the governor to promote the effective delivery of
job training services under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).
MLS - Mass Layoff Statistics
A situation that involves at least 50 persons at the same establishment,
each of whom has filed an initial claim for unemployment insurance benefits
during a consecutive 5-week period.
MSA - Metropolitan Statistical Area
An MSA is a geographic area comprised of a county/parish generally containing
a central city (or twin cities) of 50,000 inhabitants or more, plus contiguous
counties/parishes that are socially and economically integrated with the
NAICS - North American Industry Classification System
Developed by cooperative agreement to replace the current Standard Industrial
Classification (SIC) system as the primary tool to classify establishment
level data. NAICS will use a 6-digit structure and have 155 more industry
codes than the current SIC system.
NSA - Not Seasonally Adjusted
Data reflect normal patterns for any time series. These data are unadjusted
and reflect seasonal variation such as consistently higher or lower unemployment
that occurs each year. A not seasonally adjusted figure for a month or quarter
can only be compared with that same period from another year.
OES - Occupational Employment Statistics
A program that manages a survey of establishments conducted in cooperation
with BLS to capture detailed occupational employment and wages.
O*NET - Occupational Information Network
A comprehensive data base of worker attributes and job characteristics developed for
the U.S. Department of Labor. O'NET OnLine 4.0, the data base's computerized
application, has been updated and streamlined with enhanced features to make
it faster, smarter, and easier to use.
OSH - Occupational Safety and Health Statistics
Provide vital statistics on fatal accidents and illnesses and non-fatal
injuries and illnesses.
Compiles occupational injury and illness information from establishments in selected
high-hazard industries. OSHA will use the data as a basis for targeting intervention
programs (e.g., inspections, outreach, technical assistance, leveraging) and to
measure the success of Agency efforts to help reduce the number of workplace
injuries and illnesses.
PPI - Producer Price Index
Refers to a family of indexes that measure the average change over time
in the selling prices received by domestic producers of goods and services.
Unlike the CPI, the PPI measures price change from the perspective of the
QCEW - Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Quarterly report detailed by parish for quarterly wages, average weekly wage,
monthly employment, and number of employing units. Data comes from the employers
quarterly tax files and is detailed by three digit NAICS for the state and two digit
NAICS for each parish.
RLMA - Regional Labor Market Area
An economically integrated area within which individuals can reside and find
employment within a reasonable distance or can readily change jobs without
changing their place of residence. RLMAs consists of all 64 parishes of the state.
SA - Seasonally Adjusted
Data that are adjusted to remove any factors reflecting a repetitive pattern
from year to year. For example, employment in retail sales is consistently
high around the holiday season, and a seasonally adjusted data series would
not reflect this pattern. A seasonally adjusted number can be compared with
any other seasonally adjusted number in a particular series, while an unadjusted
number can only be compared with another unadjusted number from that exact
time in another year.
SESA - State Employment Security Agencies
Their systems of over 1700 employment security offices (throughout the
U.S.) provide a variety of placement-related services without charge to
job seekers and employers.
SIC - Standard Industrial Code
An industry 4-digit coding system developed in the 1930s when the economy
consisted primarily of industrial manufacturing and agriculture. This system
is currently being phased out and replaced by the North American Industry
Classification System (NAICS).
SOC - Standard Occupational Classification
A universal occupational classification system that is designed to cover all
occupations in which work is performed for pay or profit, reflecting the current
occupational structure of the United States.
Provides extra weeks of federally-funded unemployment benefits to unemployed
workers throughout the country who have received all regular unemployment benefits
available to them.
UCFE - Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees
Provides benefits for eligible unemployed former civilian federal employees.
UCX - Unemployment Compensation for Ex Service Members
This program provides benefits for eligible ex-military personnel.
UI - Unemployment Insurance
A program providing benefits to insured and eligible persons who are out
of work due to conditions beyond their control.
UIC - Unemployment Insurance Claims
This program helps cushion the impact of economic downturns and brings economic
stability to communities, states, and the nation by providing temporary income
support for laid off workers.
WIA - Workforce Investment Act
The WIA of 1998 (P.L. 105-220) authorized the new workforce system, reauthorized
adult education and literacy programs, amended the Wagner-Peyser Act, amended
the Rehabilitation Act, and amended general provisions related to the act.
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