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Geographic adjustments to government series

BEA adjusts the government series data from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) as follows:

  • The QCEW tabulations of Federal civilian employment assign all of the employment of the U.S. Congress and its staff to the District of Columbia, although members of Congress employ some of their staff in home district offices. BEA assumes that this home district employment accounts for 25 percent of total congressional employment and reassigns that portion of the total to the states in proportion to their congressional representation. No explicit adjustment is made at the county level; in effect, the home district employment is allocated to counties in proportion to QCEW Federal employment.
  • For the noneducation component of state government, a comparison of the 1990 QCEW data with comparable data from the 1990 Census of Population indicated that an unusually large proportion of the QCEW employment was reported in the county of the state capital for six states. For these states-Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Wisconsin-the state totals of state government noneducation employment for 1990 and later years are allocated to counties in proportion to an unpublished tabulation of place-of-work journey-to-work data from the 1990 Census series.