Thursday, September 23, 2010

Job Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration needs to quickly fill a position for a statistician. A recent graduate with training in statistics and knowledge of SAS or SPSS could be an excellent fit. A more detailed announcement is below.

Job Title: Statistician (Economics)

Department: Department Of Labor

Agency: Employment and Training Administration

Sub Agency: U.S. Department of Labor

Job Announcement Number: DE-10-ETA-247


$51,630.00 - $67,114.00 /year


Wednesday, September 22, 2010 to Tuesday, September 28, 2010




Full Time Permanent




1 vacancy(s) in one of the following locations: Washington DC Metro Area, DC


Applications/resumes will be accepted (on-line via from
United States citizens and nationals and from ICTAP Eligibles within
the local commuting area.

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Join the team! Begin a challenging career
with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you
will help shape the workforce of tomorrow. DOL
offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to
a noble mission; to serve and protect American
workers, to prepare them for new and better jobs,
and to ensure the safety and fairness of
American workplaces.

This position is located in the Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Office of Unemployment Insurance (OUI), Division of Performance Management (DPM), Data Analysis and Data Validation Team.

DPM is primarily responsible for developing, monitoring, analyzing, validating, and reporting on performance measures under the Government Performance and Results Act and UI Performs (the performance management system for the Unemployment Insurance program). The division also designs and delivers training for the quality assessment of benefit eligibility determinations and to conduct investigations to ensure accurate benefit payments, and oversees the development of automated systems for data collection of state UI data to assist with the federal oversight of the states' UI operations.


  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.


Additional Duty Location Info:

Washington DC Metro Area, DC

The incumbent's primary duties will include the following:

1. Gathers data on economic and/or programmatic characteristics affecting the UI program and other labor force data; makes comparisons of economic data; prepares narrative summaries and reports of findings, recommendations, and conclusions.

2. Performs methodological research and analysis to assure the quality and technical adequacy of data collected through the Benefit Accuracy Measurement (BAM) statistical survey and the UI required reports.

3. Retrieves, assembles, and tabulates data for use as part of input into larger studies. Prepares graphical displays of UI program data.

4. Selects, organizes, and evaluates materials and information from a variety of sources pertaining to unemployment, labor force, and/or state and national economic statistics.

5. Prepares segments of recurring reports and analyses on the accuracy of UI payments, state UI program performance, and data quality.

6. Identifies underlying trends and apparent discrepancies in data which affect UI payment accuracy and UI program performance; makes comparisons of unemployment, economic and/or labor force data and prepares reports on findings for referral to senior staff members.

7. Prepares special analyses and data summaries to meet the needs of the data users, explaining significance and limitations of data.

8. Prepares correspondence for inquiries related to assigned programs and provides detailed descriptions or analysis of scope, concepts, and limitations of data provided.

Qualifications and Evaluations


Applicants must meet qualification, legal, and regulatory
requirements for the position by the closing date of this vacancy

Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to
at least the next lower grade level, GS-7, in the Federal Service.

Specialized experience is experience in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled, and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Examples of specialized experience include data analysis skills, specifically identifying underlying trends and discrepancies in data, and the use of statistical tools, such as SPSS and SAS.

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