About BLS


The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making. As an independent statistical agency, BLS serves its diverse user communities by providing products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant.


The Bureau of Labor Statistics will meet the information needs of a rapidly changing U.S. and global economy by continuously improving its products and services, investing in its work force, and modernizing its business processes.

BLS History

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has provided essential economic information to support public and private decision-making since 1884. Learn about past BLS milestones, anniversaries, and commissioners.

Customer Satisfaction

Since July 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has measured customer satisfaction for the full BLS website using the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Customers are encouraged to participate in our survey. BLS results are summarized for July 2009 to June 2011 and July 2011 to June 2012.


BLS needs economists, mathematical statisticians, and Information Technology Specialists. It also needs some administrative and financial specialists and many types of technicians and assistants. The number of vacancies is difficult to predict, but some positions are available at most times. For more information, please visit our Career Opportunities Web Site.

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Last Modified Date: April 18, 2016