The BLS said that 1.031mm were unable to work in b/c of the weather vs the avg for Feb of 291k BUT the BLS said “in the establishment survey, the survey period was the pay period incl. Feb 12. In order for severe weather conditions to reduce the est. of payroll employment, employees have to be off work for an entire pay period and not be paid for the time missed. About 1/2 of all workers in the payroll survey have a 2 wk, semimonthly, or monthly pay period. Workers who received pay for any part of the survey period, even ONE hour, are counted in the Feb payrolls. While some persons may have been off payrolls during the survey period, some industries such as those dealing with cleanup and repair activities, may have added workers. In the household survey, the survey period was the week of Feb 7-13. People who miss work for weather related events ARE counted as employed whether or not they are paid for the time off.
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