Economic Assistant (Part-Time)

Department Of Labor Anchorage , AK 99501

Posted 3 months ago

  • Duties

Help Duties Summary

This position is located in the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Field Operations, Regional Office, Division Price Programs, Branch of Consumer Price Index Programs. The mission is to provide collection expertise and feedback to the development of Bureau survey programs, to effective and efficiently execute survey activities both directly and through grantees and to conduct an active program of information and outreach for Bureau products.

This position is inside the bargaining unit.

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Incumbent is responsible for the collection of primary data for the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Economic Assistants collect process and related statistical data on a wide variety of commodities, services, and housing for the BLS CPI. Data for commodities and services are collected by conducting personal and telephone interviews with store managers, buyers, managers in auto dealerships, doctors, pharmacists, and other professionals. Data for the housing survey are obtained by personal visit or telephone interviews with either property managers, tenants, or home owners.

Duties include, but are not limited to: Visiting retails and service establishments such as department stores, supermarkets, medical offices and hotels to collect retail price data; contacting homeowners, renters, and apartment management companies by personal visit to neighborhood and follow up telephone interviews; and collecting and entering data on a hand held computer and obtaining voluntary cooperation from survey responders.

This position requires travel throughout pricing areas in the Municipality of Anchorage and the Matnuska-Susitna Borough, including neighborhoods of all economic types.

Travel Required
25% or less - This position requires travel throughout pricing areas in the Municipality of Anchorage and the Matnuska-Susitna Borough, including neighborhoods of all economic types. During the first year, travel to Washington office is necessary for training. There will be a 1 two-week trip, and 1 one-week trip. Additional travel outside of local area may be necessary, as needed, for training.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential
07 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions. Future promotions are dependent on your ability to perform duties at higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to higher level, and supervisory approval.

  • Job family (Series)
    0119 Economics Assistant

  • Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

  • Requires a valid drivers license.

  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.

  • Must be at least 16 years old and an U.S. Citizenship.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


To qualify at the GS-05 level: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-04, in the Federal Service; OR successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with major study in Economics or 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as business law, statistics, algebra, precalculus, calculus, or economics; OR a combination of specialized experience and education.

Specializedexperience is defined as experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience is performing research or related work that involved collecting, compiling, verifying, analyzing, or reporting data.

Combination of specialized experience and education: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience are also qualifying.

For GS-5 level positions, only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is equivalent to 1 year of specialized experience.

For additional information, refer to the Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards for Individual Occupational Requirements for Economics Assistant Series, 0119 and Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions.


Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.

If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

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