Thursday, February 11, 2021

County Business Patterns Added to OccuCollect -- Industry Sector to Industry Group

 I am pretty excited about this even if it does impact a small number of cases.  County Business Patterns is useful when the vocational expert designates obscure work that exists in obscure industries.  Furniture-rental consultant is a prime example.  Vocational experts use it for sit-stand option jobs and Job Browser Pro reports large numbers.

JBP reports the number of jobs by citing two industry codes: 532000 and 5320A1.  The OES report lists NAICS codes 532000, 5320A1, and 532100.  For counter and rental clerks (SOC 41-2021), reports:

Occupational Employment Statistics 2019

41-2021 - Counter and Rental Clerks


Rental and Leasing Services



Rental and Leasing Services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only)



Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing


Adding the last two lines totals to the first line.  The industry subsector (532000) includes the industry groups (5320A1 and 532100).  This OES report (which is free and requires no subscription to proves that JBP double counts the jobs in 5320A1 and fails to account for the DOT codes cited in that industry by assigning all the jobs listed to furniture-rental consultant. 

The County Business Patterns report for the industry sector 530000 - Real Estate and Rental and Leasing further illustrates the point:

County Business Patterns 2018

53 - Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

532Rental and Leasing Services516,661
5321Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing172,713
5322Consumer Goods Rental132,305
5323General Rental Centers20,103
5324Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing191,540

Rental and Leasing services includes Automotive, Consumer, General, and Commercial rentals and leasing.  The double counting gains clarity and further illustrates that JBP and VEs that rely on JBP are counting jobs in automotive equipment rental and leasing that have zero to do with furniture.  That is the report from the 2-4 digit report.  Remember, two non-zero digits represents and industry sector, three non-zero digits represents an industry sub-sector, and four non-zero digits represents an industry group.  Five and six non-zero digits represent discrete industries.  

A vocational expert testified that being reliable is confusing.  That is because math is hard.  Don't claim to be an expert if you can't handle the math.  


Suggested Citation:

Lawrence Rohlfing, County Business Patterns Added to OccuCollect -- Industry Sector to Industry Group, California Social Security Attorney (February 11, 2021)

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