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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has experts available to speak at your conference! If you are looking for knowledgeable people to provide informative presentations about the U.S. labor market and economy, please contact the BLS Division of Information and Marketing Services.

BLS staff members frequently discuss BLS data and analysis at conferences, meetings, classrooms, and other settings. With eight Regional Information Offices and the national office in Washington, DC, speakers from BLS present all across the United States. Here are examples of recent presentations made by BLS staff about the major topics for which BLS provides data.

Inflation and prices

Understanding Inflation: How BLS calculates consumer, producer, and import and export prices. This set of presentations unravels the mystery behind how the Consumer Price Index (CPI), Producer Price Index (PPI), and Import and Export Price Indexes are calculated. The presentations also dispel common myths about inflation. The presentations include a section on the important uses of BLS price data, such as indexing Social Security payments. The focus can be on any one price program or on any combination of the CPI, PPI, and Import and Export Price programs.

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Spending and time use

Recovering from the recession: How U.S. family spending has changed. This presentation uses information from the BLS Consumer Expenditure Survey to show how the recession of 2007–09 affected household spending. Major trends in housing, travel, eating out, and healthcare are described.

Big cities and rural life. This presentation uses the Consumer Expenditure Survey to look at how spending differs between urban and rural households. Travel costs, homeownership, healthcare, number of vehicles, and even spending on pets and entertainment vary depending on where you live.

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Employment and unemployment

The Employment Situation. This news release is composed of measures from the Current Employment Statistics survey (CES; also known as the establishment or payroll survey) and the Current Population Survey (CPS; also known as the household survey). This presentation goes behind the scenes to explain how U.S. jobs and unemployment figures are calculated and how these monthly data sources are used in the workplace.

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Pay and benefits

What do you mean my health plan doesn’t cover that? This presentation looks at access to employment-based health benefits across different groups of workers and employers. Topics covered are (1) the percentage of employees who have access to health benefits; (2) features of health benefit plans; (3) how coverage varies across worker groups, such as union members versus nonunion workers or those in different occupational groups; (4) how coverage varies across employers, such as large versus small employers or those in different industries; and (5) required contributions and the amount of the contribution. Also discussed is how to obtain data from the BLS website and additional help available from BLS staff.

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What can labor productivity tell us about the U.S. economy? This presentation describes labor productivity and the corresponding changes in output and labor hours in the context of historical and business cycle periods.

Trends in Productivity. This presentation discusses long-term labor productivity growth, as well as growth over various timespans, including before and after the 2007–09 recession. The growth or decline of productivity and its components (output and hours) is analyzed. Also highlighted is the growth of compensation and unit labor costs in comparison to productivity growth. Implications for the U.S. economy are discussed.

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Workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities

Homicides in the workplace: Workplace homicides have declined precipitously over the last 20 years but still account for 10 percent of all fatal occupational injuries. This presentation focuses on what type of assailant, such as a robber, family member, or customer, is most commonly associated with certain types of homicides. It also explores the occupations in which homicides most frequently occur.

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Measuring import and export prices: This presentation uses data from the International Price program to compare and contrast the cost of goods and services imported into the United States, and those exported abroad. Special attention is given to emerging goods and services.

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