Beyond the Numbers

WORKPLACE INJURIES   •  Oct 2014  •  Volume 3 / Number 23

Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries commemorates 20 years of occupational safety and health data

Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries commemorates 20 years of occupational safety and health data

The BLS Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries recently marked its 20th year of collecting and publishing data on fatal injuries in the workplace. This issue of Beyond the Numbers highlights some interesting facts and data from the first 20 years of the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

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PAY & BENEFITS

An analysis of multiemployer pension plans

About 1 in 4 workers currently covered by a traditional pension plan is in a multiemployer plan, established by a labor union and an industry or trade group to cover workers from two or more related employers. Through collective bargaining, employers agree to fund these plans with contributions to a pension trust fund based on employee hours worked. Multiemployer pension plans were created under the Labor Management Relations Act of 1947, known as the Taft-Hartley Act, and are often established in industries where workers move from job to job, such as construction or trucking. According to U.S. Department of Labor data, there were 1,442 multiemployer defined-benefit plans in 2011, covering 4.2 million active employees.
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PRICES & SPENDING

Two measures of consumer price change: How are they different?

The primary product of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) is price indexes. However, the program also produces average price data for selected goods, primarily food commodities and gasoline. These average price series allow users to see the actual average price of the items in question, which the index series do not. For many goods, one can look at price change in terms of the movement of the index series or the movement of average prices. For example, BLS provides an apple index, and an average price series for apples. This article compares price change as measured by the CPI for all urban consumers (the broadest and most commonly used CPI measure) and the average price series for selected goods.
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EMPLOYMENT & UNEMPLOYMENT

Wage differentials: how jobseekers can use them to analyze occupational wage and cost of living data by U.S. area

Analysis of the disparity between occupational wage and wage differential by region.
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