MERIC Receives National Recognition for Data Quality Efforts

A team of MERIC researchers was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics for their exceptional efforts in achieving a perfect 100% verification of Missouri employer information in the most recent required Annual Refiling Survey (ARS). The ARS is a yearly program to verify and update the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes, as well as the mailing and physical location addresses for employers in a state. Missouri's results were tops (#1) in the nation. "This is not only a major technical feat but the true significance from this outstanding effort is that it ensures we have the most accurate information possible when it comes to administration of DED programs and for the research we conduct on Missouri's economy," said MERIC Director Marty Romitti.

The Annual Refiling Survey, as part of the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program, ensures that the location and type of business information collected for companies in the program is accurate. The Annual Refiling Survey is comprised of businesses in Missouri that are covered by the Unemployment Insurance regulations in the state. Every fall, over one-quarter of all the covered businesses in Missouri are surveyed to verify their business location and their primary economic function.

ARS Team Accepts Award
QCEW Staff Marty Romitti (MERIC Division Director), Mary Dunville, Zurett Merridith, Leann Block, Janette Nichols, Linda Rackers, Walter Telthorst, Sheri Westermier, Jeff Drake, Judy Skaggs. • Unavailable for Photo: Bill Niblack (LMI Director), Marya Amos, Patti Bowers and Anne Falter


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