To help investors large and small identify investment opportunities, the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes vital economic information that directly affects financial markets in the United States and around the world. We provide the numbers you see in the news headlines and thousands more detailed statistics to help you make informed decisions about your investments.
The Employment Situation report provides the first glimpse each
month on the Nation’s economic condition. More than 400,000 nonfarm business establishments and government agencies provide
information on employment, earnings, and work hours for the Nation
and for specific industries. About 60,000 U.S. households also provide
information on employment, unemployment, and other important labor
The next three monthly reports provide measures of price changes, commonly called “inflation.”
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) report provides information on
changes in the prices that consumers pay for goods and services.
The CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), which is reported most
often in the media, is available for the entire U.S., broad geographic
areas, and 26 local areas. To help you gain greater insights on inflation,
we publish price trends for major categories of consumer expenditures,
specific items within these categories, and special indexes such as the
CPI-U for All Items Less Food and Energy.
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The Producer Price Indexes (PPI) report provides information on
changes in the prices producers receive for their products and services.
Investors interested in broad measures of inflation can refer to the PPI stage-of-processing indexes such as finished goods, intermediate
materials, and crude materials. Indexes that exclude foods and energy
are also available for these series. Information concerning price trends
for specific products and services is available through PPI industry
or commodity indexes.
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The U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes report provides information
on changes in the prices of goods and services traded between the U.S.
and the rest of the world. These indexes provide accounting by dollar
value for nearly all U.S. import and export goods and for the air freight
and air passenger services industries. Import price indexes are available by locality of origin. This information is important for analyzing global prices, trade volume, exchange rates, and terms of trade.
The quarterly Employment Cost Index (ECI) report provides measures
of change in employers’ costs for total compensation and its components—wages, salaries, and employee benefits. To help you analyze changes in labor costs across the economy, the ECI is published separately for private industry, State and local governments, and all civilian workers. Information on compensation cost trends is also available for industries, occupational groups, geographic areas, and union status.
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The monthly Real Earnings report, released at the same time as the Consumer Price Index, provides statistics on workers’ average hourly and weekly earnings adjusted for inflation.
The quarterly Productivity and Costs report provides measures of change in worker efficiency and costs to produce goods and services. From this report, you can examine “unit labor costs,” which compare labor costs and output, to assess how much labor costs are contributing to inflationary pressures. Productivity growth is an important condition for growth in real earnings.
Schedule of release dates for these and other important economic reports