- Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a unit of the
United States Department of Labor, is the principal fact-finding agency for the U.S. government in the broad field of labor economicsand statistics. The BLS is an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor representatives. The BLS also serves as a statistical resource to the Department of Labor.
The BLS data must satisfy a number of criteria, including relevance to current social and economic issues, timeliness in reflecting today’s rapidly changing economic conditions, accuracy and consistently high statistical quality, and impartiality in both subject matter and presentation.
The Bureau of Labor was established in the Department of the Interior by the Bureau of Labor Act (23 Stat. 60), June 27, 1884, to collect information about employment and labor. It became an independent (sub-Cabinet) department by the Department of Labor Act (25 Stat. 182), June 13, 1888. It was incorporated, as the Bureau of Labor, into the Department of Commerce and Labor by the Department of Commerce Act (32 Stat. 827), February 14, 1903. Finally, it was transferred to the Department of Labor in 1913 where it resides today. The BLS is now headquartered in the
Postal Square Buildingnear the Capitol and Union Station. The Commissioner of the BLS is Keith Hall.
Indices and statistics produced by the BLS include:
U.S. Consumer Price Index
National Compensation Survey
Employment Cost Index
Employer Costs for Employee Compensation
Producer Price Index
Consumer Expenditure Survey
U.S. Import and Export Price Indices
* Statistics on
wages, earnings, and benefits by area, occupation, and industry
Ten year occupational employment projections
Selected BLS publications include:
Monthly Labor Review
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Career Guide to Industries
Occupational Outlook Quarterly
National Income and Product Account
Bureau of Economic Analysis
Index of Leading Indicators
* [http://www.bls.gov/ Bureau of Labor Statistics webpage]
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