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Census Workers Gather Employment Information in Southwest Missouri

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Next week, residents of four Southwest Missouri counties will get a call or visit from a field representative with the U.S. Census Bureau. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

The bureau is collecting employment information through a monthly survey of randomly selected households.

Dennis Deeney is program coordinator with the U-S Census Bureau's regional office in Kansas City.

He says census workers gather employment data from a sample of households in Greene, Christian, Jasper, and Newton counties.

He says participating households will answer questions about employment status.

Information from these surveys helps government officials calculate the national unemployment rate which is released each month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Denney says all information gathered through the survey remains confidential.

This monthly survey is known as the Current Population Survey. It began in 1942 and is the longest running household survey in the country.