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created Jul 10 2017

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This data set indicates how many people employed in Cambridge are covered by the unemployment insurance compensation system, the number employed by economic sector, and how much these workers earn.
The data covers the work force in Cambridge, regardless of their place of residence, and are taken from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, ES-202 Series based on the requirements set forth in the Massachusetts Employment Security Law (1967 to present) and the Compensation for Federal Employees Law (1980 to present). Note that the unemployment compensation system does cover all workers, excluding groups such as the self-employer, religious workers and some domestic workers.
This data set assigns workers to sectors using the the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system. Since 2001, only the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code system is used to assign workers to sectors. Older, historic data is available in the open data set "Cambridge Workforce By Industry: 2001 - Present". The 2001 figures summarize the same raw data but are recoded to NAICS there.

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Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, compiled by City of Cambridge Community Development Department
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This data provides information about the Cambridge workforce only—that includes people who work in Cambridge regardless of where they live. Sometimes data for certain sectors, especially those with few firms or employees in the geography, is redacted to protect the privacy of those firms and their employees. Firms and employed persons not subject to the unemployment tax are not included in these statistics. The only employees currently excluded from coverage are those of religious organizations, smaller agricultural firms, certain domestic services, self-employment and unpaid family service. Railroad employees are covered by a separate law and their employment in Cambridge, if any, is not included above. For more information about this dataset, whether different years of data are comparable, and who is included in the numbers, see the attachment Workforce Data - Current: More Information and Footnotes.
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