New Data on Balancing Family Needs with Work

Among the many challenges for today’s families is the balance between caregiving and the demands of working outside the home. Some workers are even sandwiched between the need to provide both childcare and eldercare. New information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that about two out of three employees have paid time off available … Read moreNew Data on Balancing Family Needs with Work

New Data on Employment and Wages in U.S. Establishments with Foreign Ownership

Did you know that U.S. establishments at least partially owned by foreign companies employed 5.5 million U.S. workers in 2012? That was 5.0 percent of U.S. private-sector employment. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently partnered with the Bureau of Economic Analysis to produce new data on foreign direct investment in the United States. These … Read moreNew Data on Employment and Wages in U.S. Establishments with Foreign Ownership

Modernizing BLS News Releases for the Next Generation

At BLS we are always trying to refine our products to serve our customers better. Over the years, we have updated several of our publications to be more web-friendly and include more interactive features. One major exception has been news releases. In the past few years we have conducted a great deal of outreach and … Read moreModernizing BLS News Releases for the Next Generation

Did You Know Official Unemployment Estimates Are NOT from Unemployment Insurance Counts?

As BLS Commissioner, I am keenly aware of how much interest there is in our unemployment figures. It has often seemed to me that people don’t understand how we measure unemployment. I sometimes hear things like, “I’m not getting unemployment insurance benefits, so the BLS unemployment numbers don’t include me.” I’d like to set the … Read moreDid You Know Official Unemployment Estimates Are NOT from Unemployment Insurance Counts?

New App for with Career Information Now Available

BLS has partnered with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Chief Information Officer to develop the CareerInfo app that is now available from the Apple App Store and Google Play. CareerInfo presents information from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the most popular BLS resource for career information. The CareerInfo app helps you find data … Read moreNew App for with Career Information Now Available

New App for Career Information Now Available

BLS has partnered with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Chief Information Officer to develop the CareerInfo app that is now available from the Apple App Store and Google Play. CareerInfo presents information from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the most popular BLS resource for career information. The CareerInfo app helps you find data … Read moreNew App for Career Information Now Available

BLS Learns from Civic Digital Fellows

In the few months that I’ve had the pleasure of occupying the Commissioner’s seat at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it’s been clear that I’m surrounded by a smart, dedicated, and innovative staff who collect and publish high-quality information while working to improve our products and services to meet the needs of customers today and … Read moreBLS Learns from Civic Digital Fellows

Let’s Celebrate the Productive U.S. Workforce

Earlier this month our nation celebrated Labor Day. We celebrate Labor Day for many good reasons, but one of the best is to appreciate, even for just one day, how amazingly productive our nation’s workforce is. As we shop online or in stores, we rarely stop to think about the skills and effort it takes … Read moreLet’s Celebrate the Productive U.S. Workforce

What is “Benchmarking” of Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Data?

BLS has released the “preliminary benchmark” information for the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey, the source of monthly information on jobs. You know what a bench is and you know what a mark is, but what pray tell is a benchmark? And what does this preliminary benchmark tell us? So as not to bury the … Read moreWhat is “Benchmarking” of Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Data?

Why This Counts: Measuring Occupational Requirements

You probably know that BLS publishes data and analysis about employment, unemployment, job openings, earnings, productivity, occupational safety and health, and more. But did you know we also publish information about how often workers have to lift objects; the maximum weight they lift or carry; whether they work in extreme heat or cold; and how … Read moreWhy This Counts: Measuring Occupational Requirements

Baseball, Hot Dogs, and Statistics

Summer is in full swing, which means that when I’m not talking about BLS data, I’m talking about baseball, something I could do full time. Luckily these two topics have a lot in common; nothing quite says statistics in the summertime like baseball does. We fans have followed baseball statistics for nearly as long as … Read moreBaseball, Hot Dogs, and Statistics

New State Data on Labor Productivity and Job Openings and Labor Turnover

While international trade has become increasingly important to our economy over the past 60 years, U.S. households and businesses continue to rely primarily on local markets for most goods and services. The products we create come from all over our country. Workers, businesses, and policymakers care deeply about the economy in our own backyards. That’s … Read moreNew State Data on Labor Productivity and Job Openings and Labor Turnover

Why This Counts: 10 Million U.S. Establishments for the First Time

In the third quarter of 2018, the number of establishments in the U.S. economy reached 10 million. This milestone is based on data from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), which uses administrative records to identify the number of establishments in our economy. What is the QCEW? The QCEW compiles quarterly reports of … Read moreWhy This Counts: 10 Million U.S. Establishments for the First Time

Improved Mapping Tool for Local Area Unemployment Statistics

We publish thousands of unemployment rates each month for states, metro areas, and counties. That can make them hard to follow, but we just upgraded our mapping tool to make it easy. Instead of wading through all those numbers, just check out the latest maps for what you need. We have rebuilt the tool using … Read moreImproved Mapping Tool for Local Area Unemployment Statistics

How Are Our Older Workers Doing?

May is Older Americans Month. Who are we calling old? The Bureau of Labor Statistics, for one. Next month we will celebrate our 135th birthday. Now that’s old! And we’ve been providing gold-standard information the entire time. Today we are focusing on people age 65 and older. In honor of Older Americans Month, let’s examine some … Read moreHow Are Our Older Workers Doing?

Wage Information Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

On April 16, BLS reported that median weekly earnings for full-time wage and salary workers rose 2.7 percent over the year. On April 30, BLS reported that the Employment Cost Index for wages of private industry workers rose 3.0 percent over the year. On May 2, BLS reported that hourly compensation in the nonfarm business … Read moreWage Information Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Earth Day 2019: Careers that Care for Our Earth

Next year will be the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! The first Earth Day occurred on April 22, 1970, and I will show my age and admit that I clearly recall marching around my little campus on a blustery spring day in Topeka. Now, 49 years later, we want to celebrate Earth Day by highlighting … Read moreEarth Day 2019: Careers that Care for Our Earth

BLS Local Data App Now Available for Android Devices

The wait is over! The BLS Local Data app — a mobile application that connects users with the data they need to know about local labor markets — is now available for Android devices. Search “BLS Local Data” in Google Play. The BLS Local Data app, first released for iPhones last fall, uses the BLS … Read moreBLS Local Data App Now Available for Android Devices

Greetings and a Meditation on Alan Krueger

William W. Beach became the 15th Commissioner of Labor Statistics in March 2019. I am a little late with my first blog, but I’m sure readers can appreciate what it means to start this job as Commissioner of Labor Statistics on a week that ends in the publication of the Employment Situation report. Every moment of … Read moreGreetings and a Meditation on Alan Krueger

Passing the Baton to the New BLS Commissioner

I am pleased to announce that Dr. William Beach has been confirmed by the Senate and sworn in as the fifteenth Commissioner of Labor Statistics. A highlight of my time as Acting Commissioner was being able to share this blog with you, our customers. This forum allowed me to provide updates on program improvements and … Read morePassing the Baton to the New BLS Commissioner

Major Economic Indicators Latest Numbers

Consumer Price Index (CPI): +0.2% in Feb 2019 News Release Historical Data Unemployment Rate: 3.8% in Feb 2019 News Release Historical Data Payroll Employment: +20,000(p) in Feb 2019 News Release Historical Data Average Hourly Earnings: +$0.11(p) in Feb 2019 News Release Historical Data Producer Price Index – Final Demand: +0.1%(p) in Feb 2019 News Release … Read moreMajor Economic Indicators Latest Numbers

Why This Counts: What Do We Know about Strikes and Lockouts?

Strikes and lockouts? Aren’t those 1940s-50s-60s economic activities? Sounds like we are taking a trip to the distant past with Sherman and Mr. Peabody in the WABAC machine. (For you younger readers, these characters can be found in the Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends, a TV show from the early 1960s.) BLS first … Read moreWhy This Counts: What Do We Know about Strikes and Lockouts?

Celebrating Women in STEM Occupations

International Women’s Day was first celebrated on March 19, 1911. During International Women’s Year in 1975, the United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8. In the United States, the first National Woman’s Day was observed on February 28, 1909. The Socialist Party of America designated this day to honor the 1908 garment … Read moreCelebrating Women in STEM Occupations

What Happened to Natural Gas Prices at the End of 2018?

Natural gas prices mirrored a rollercoaster during the last few months — lots of ups and downs. Let’s explore why. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes many indexes that measure changes in prices for natural gas. Producer Price Indexes and Import Price Indexes tell us about these and other price movements faced by U.S. … Read moreWhat Happened to Natural Gas Prices at the End of 2018?

Wages and Benefits in a City Near You

This started out as a blog about wages and benefits in New York City. But then I shared it with some colleagues, who thought it was too Gotham-centric. My real purpose is to highlight the data on employer costs for wages and benefits in several large metropolitan areas, including New York. But maybe I should … Read moreWages and Benefits in a City Near You

Tracking the Changing Nature of Work: the Process Continues

The days of working the same 9-to-5 job for 40 years are a fading memory. Work today may involve multiple part-time jobs, working from home, obtaining work through a mobile device, and changing jobs frequently. The so-called “changing nature of work” is already here, and at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics we are trying … Read moreTracking the Changing Nature of Work: the Process Continues

What Do We Know about Mega Metros?

Not only does BLS produce nationwide economic indicators, but we also have a treasure trove of data for metropolitan areas across the country. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 62.9 percent of our country’s 325.7 million people live in incorporated places. To celebrate our metro areas, we looked at the data for our six largest … Read moreWhat Do We Know about Mega Metros?

Celebrating the International Year of the Periodic Table

The United Nations (U.N.) proclaims 2019 the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. As Jean-Paul Ngome-Abiaga, coordinator for the celebration of the Year at the U.N., says: “The periodic table of chemical elements is one of the most important and influential achievements in modern science reflecting the essence not only of chemistry, … Read moreCelebrating the International Year of the Periodic Table

Why This Counts: What Types of Jobs Are in the U.S. Labor Market?

Ever wonder how many accountants there are in the United States? Or how much an occupational therapist gets paid? Or maybe you already have a job, but you’re thinking about working somewhere new. What areas or industries have the highest pay for your occupation? We have the answers to these questions, plus much, much more! … Read moreWhy This Counts: What Types of Jobs Are in the U.S. Labor Market?

New Measures of Prices for Global Trade

How do prices for U.S. manufacturing exports compare to prices for goods manufactured abroad? How has the balance of export and import prices between the United States and Mexico changed over time? BLS has new measures to answer these and other questions on the competitiveness of U.S. production. We have published data on import and … Read moreNew Measures of Prices for Global Trade

100 years after World War I: What’s the Labor Market Status of Our Veterans in 2018?

As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I — at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 — we also want to honor our current veterans. In honor of Veterans Day, here are our most up-to-date statistics about veterans: In October 2018, 19.1 million … Read more100 years after World War I: What’s the Labor Market Status of Our Veterans in 2018?