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Economist / Statistician (Economist)

Department of Labor
Church Street, New York
Closing date
Nov 2, 2021

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics measures labor market activity, working conditions, price changes, and productivity in the U.S. economy to support public and private decision making.

This position is located in the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Field Operations, Regional Office, Division of National Compensation Survey.

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This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled either as an Economist or Statistician (Economics).

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Duties include but are not limited to:

* Develops strategies to gain participation and collect data from critical, highly weighted respondents in numerous labor market surveys for BLS. Negotiates cooperation with high level corporate officials and utilizes alternative collection strategies for maximizing cooperation. Provides guidance and suggestions to wage staff for handling problem companies. Develops and documents special collection approaches geared toward reducing burden for large and critical sample units and exporting these techniques to other field economists throughout the country.

* Develops and tests new data transfer approaches using advanced technology. Assists in the direction of a regional survey response program; works with staff to improve cooperation rates; analyzes refusal trends; and makes recommendations to regional management.

* Provides special services to current and potential respondents such as technical briefings on data uses, and information regarding other economic products available from the public sector. Maintains professional relationships with officials from sampled enterprises as well as the media, trade associations, labor organizations, and others in order to: provide information on local, regional and national publication criteria; explain survey findings and data uses; exchange information on developments relevant to the programs; and discuss survey results to interested groups.

* Develops data collection plans based on a thorough knowledge of the socio-economic conditions of the region or area; knowledge of industry trends and practices; an understanding of the surveys' conceptual foundation and procedural requirements; knowledge of alternative strategies for maximizing cooperation; and a thorough knowledge of computer systems for electronic reporting.

* Develops and conducts regional training workshops and provides on-the-job training for field staff on the more complex industries and procedures. Works with mentors to ensure that consistent and high quality on-the job training is provided to junior staff. Develops new training approaches to enhance current regional training, and address developmental and training needs for staff.

* Performs wage data analysis in such areas as quality program outputs, i.e., SDA and TRP, and other national data bases in order to improve overall performance. Recommends improvements to promote consistent production and quality among staff. Analyzes the IDC, TRP and SDA data bases to identify future training needs, and to propose methodological and procedural changes aimed at improving quality and productivity.

* Participates on national teams which address program related issues and problems that are nationwide in scope. Such issues may include refusal analysis, data review measures, regional performance results, and the assessment of collection procedures and strategies.

* Participates in collecting cross-survey programs or test surveys in order to provide expert guidance on program design or collection procedures enhancements.

* Works with members of the Regional Economic Analysis and Information Unit to develop an outreach and information program to support publicizing new program products, as well as to maximize survey response. Develops industry specific outreach materials for field staff distribution to respondents.

Travel Required

50% or less - Travel required for this position is related to: conducting and observing personal visit interviews with survey respondents; preparing and presenting training to staff; meeting with co-workers of lower grades for mentoring assignments; attending meetings; participating in training programs; attending work-related conferences; and other various matters.

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Promotion Potential

13 - This position is at the full performance level (FPL).

* Job family (Series)

0110 Economist

1530 Statistics

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Conditions of Employment

* Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
* Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
* Requires a valid drivers license.

Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection.

Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.

Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

Notification Concerning COVID-19 Vaccinations. As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal executive branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021, or before appointment or onboarding with the agency (if later than November 22, 2021). The agency will provide additional information regarding which forms of documentation can be accepted and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement.


Applicants must meet the Basic Requirement AND Minimum qualifications for each grade they wish to be considered for.

Basic Requirements:

Economist, GS-0110: A) Degree: Degree in economics, which included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus;


B) Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Statistician (Economic), GS-1530: A) Degree that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc. Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements should be given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing.


B) A combination of education and experience - courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.

In addition to meeting the Basic Requirement above, applicants must also meet the minimum qualifications to be considered:

Specialized Experience:

In addition to the basic requirements applicants must have one year of specialized experience to the next lower grade, GS-12, in the Federal Service.

Specialized experience is defined as work that demonstrates:

(1) Extensive professional knowledge and background of economic theory or statistics to collect, analyze and interpret information and economic patterns, and a mastery of wage survey collection concepts, techniques and procedures.

(2) A mastery of compensation survey programs and prevalent practices in the areas of wage and salary administration, occupational job requirements, employee benefits, employee relations and organizational design.

(3) Knowledge of interviewing, interpersonal communication, and negotiating techniques to maximize the level of participation from sophisticated and high level corporate or governmental officials.

For additional information, refer to the Office of Personnel Management Operating Manual for Qualification Standards, Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions. Individual Occupation Requirements for Economist Series GS-110. Individual Occupation Requirement for Statistician Series GS-1530.


Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.

If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.
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