MERIC Data Quality Efforts Among Best in Nation
Missouri’s QCEW/Coding Team achieved a nearly perfect response rate of 98.9% on the Annual Refiling Survey, a cooperative program between the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) and the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Missouri’s response rate was second only to North Dakota.
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. Missouri started the year’s survey with over 34,100 forms and when the survey was completed, the QCEW/Coding team had a response rate of 98.9%, far above the minimum 75% required by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Dr. Marty Romitti, MERIC Director, praised the outstanding work stating, “The information from the QCEW program is used for industry and business research and for better decision-making by state and community leaders across Missouri. This incredible effort by the QCEW team shows their dedication to high-quality data collection and the important benefits it brings to our state’s economic development efforts.”
The QCEW/Coding Team was led by Janette Nichols with team members Marya Amos, Patti Bowers, Mary Dunville, Anne Falter, Linda Rackers, Judy Skaggs, Walter Telthorst and Sheri Westermier.