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TitleFAQ: U.S. - Allocation of Indian Tribal Employment
AuthorMegan Perkinson
Question

To what industry is Indian Tribal employment allocated?

Answer

Initially, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) assigned Tribal Councils and related establishments to the private sector.  Starting January 2001, they were transferred to the local government sector.  Accordingly, the BLS Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) may show a large break in local government employment in January 2001; however Moody's Analytics has adjusted for this break in the estimates.

The sectoral reassignment was prompted by a change in federal law regarding how Indian tribes are treated under the Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA).

For additional information, please see the official BLS explanation.



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