BLS Quiz

Test your knowledge of labor economics and related statistics. These questions are based on recent BLS news releases and other publications, especially those featured in The Editor's Desk.


  1. Complete the statement with the correct percentages:

    Among people who had completed a bachelor's degree or more education and were no longer enrolled in school, 91 percent were employed in civilian jobs during October when age 25. In comparison, 60 percent of high school dropouts were employed in civilian jobs in the October they were age 25.
  2. Hint:
    Young adult employment varies by education.

     

  3. Complete the statement with the annual percent increase in the price for gold ores:

    In 2012, price increases for gold slowed, rising less than they had in each of the previous 4 years. The 5.4-percent increase in 2012 was the smallest yearly increase since the 2.6-percent advance in 2008.
  4. Hint:
    Gold prices rise more than 100 percent since 2008.

     

  5. Complete the statement with the names of the states:

    In 2012, 27 states had unemployment rates that were significantly lower than the U.S. rate of 8.1 percent, while 13 states and the District of Columbia had rates significantly above it. North Dakota had the lowest jobless rate among states for the fourth year in a row (3.1 percent), followed by Nebraska (3.9 percent) and South Dakota (4.4 percent). Three states had unemployment rates of 10.0 percent or more in 2012. Nevada again had the highest unemployment rate (11.1 percent), followed by California (10.5 percent) and Rhode Island (10.4 percent).
  6. Hint:
    Annual average unemployment rates declined in 2013.

     

  7. Complete the statement with the prices of a pound of potatoes and a dozen eggs:

    While potatoes are among the cheapest food items today, potato prices have increased over 39-fold from 1913 to 2013, rising from less than 2 cents to over 62 cents per pound—the sharpest rate of increase seen among items in a list of consumer foods for which the Consumer Price Index has price data going back to 1913. Egg prices have increased the least in the last century, up about 5-fold, from 37 cents to $1.93 per dozen.
  8. Hint:
    Consumer Prices, 1913 and 2013.

     

  9. Complete the statement with the volunteer rate:

    For the year ending in September 2012, the volunteer rate declined by 0.3 percentage point to 26.5 percent. The decline followed an increase of one-half of a percentage point in 2011.
  10. Hint:
    Volunteering declines in 2012.

     

  11. Complete the statement with the number of major strikes and lockouts:

    In 2012, there were 19 major strikes and lockouts involving 1,000 or more workers and lasting at least one shift. The number of work stoppages beginning in 2012 equaled the total from 2011.
  12. Hint:
    Major work stoppages and days idle in 2012.

     

  13. Complete the statement with the expenditures, in dollars, spent on travel for pleasure:

    From 2005 to 2011, average annual consumer expenditures on travel for pleasure peaked at $1,462 in 2007, fell to a low of $1,273 in 2009, and then rose to $1,372 in 2011.
  14. Hint:
    Travel expenditures during the recent recession, 20052011.

     

  15. Complete the statement with the percentage of employed men:

    Among employed men, 17 percent of Asians and Whites worked in management, business, and financial operations occupations in 2011, compared with 10 percent of Blacks or African Americans, and 8 percent of Hispanics or Latinos.
  16. Hint:
    Occupational employment by race and ethnicity, 2011.

     

  17. Complete the statement with the percentage of students:

    Students who graduated from high school in the late 1990s and early 2000s took more rigorous mathematics courses than those who graduated in the mid to late 1970s and early 1980s. Among the more recent graduates (who were born in the years 19801984), 11 percent completed high school calculus and 24 percent completed precalculus, trigonometry, or other advanced math. Among the earlier graduates (who were born in the years 19571964), just 2 percent completed high school calculus and 8 percent completed precalculus, trigonometry, or other advanced math.
  18. Hint:
    High school math courses and college attendance in two generations.

     

  19. Complete the statement with the correct number of hours:

    On the days that they worked, employed persons spent an average of 7.6 hours working. On the days that they worked, employed men worked 8.0 hours on an average day. Women worked 7.2 hours.
  20. Hint:
    Time spent working, 2011.

     

  21. Complete the statement with the correct percentage:

    In 2011, 16 percent of the U.S. civilian noninstitutional population age 15 and over were eldercare providers. (Eldercare providers are those who provided unpaid care to someone over the age of 65 who needed help because of a condition related to aging.)
  22. Hint:
    Eldercare in 2011.

     

  23. Complete the statement with the correct percentages:

    Among members of the group of young adults born in 19801981 (who turned 24 or 25 years old by December 2005), 87 percent of men and 77 percent of women were employed in June 2007. By contrast, in the 19821983 birth group (who turned 24 or 25 by December 2007), 80 percent of men and less than 74 percent of women were employed in June 2009.
  24. Hint:
    Young adult employment during the recent recession.

     

  25. Complete the statement with foreign born or native born:

    In 2011, there were 24.4 million foreign-born persons (persons who reside in the United States but who were born outside the country or one of its outlying areas to parents who were not U.S. citizens) in the U.S. labor force. The unemployment rate for the foreign born was 9.1 percent in 2011; the jobless rate of the native born was 8.9 percent. Overall, the unemployment rates of the foreign born in younger age groups (ages 16 to 34) tend to be lower than the jobless rates for the native born. Among older workers (ages 35 and up), unemployment rates of the foreign born tend to be higher than for the native born.
  26. Hint:
    Employment status of the foreign-born and native-born by age, 2011.

     

  27. Complete these sentences with the correct occupations from the list:

    In 2011, women accounted for 47 percent of all employed persons 16 years of age and older. The share of women in specific occupations varied: 14 percent of architects and engineers and 34 percent of physicians and surgeons were women, whereas 61 percent of accountants and auditors and 82 percent of elementary and middle school teachers were women.

    • accountants and auditors
    • architects and engineers
    • elementary and middle school teachers
    • physicians and surgeons
  28. Hint:
    Women as a percent of total employed in selected occupations, 2011.

     

  29. Complete the statement with the correct percentages:

    Among married-couple families with children under 18 years of age, 95.8 percent had an employed parent in 2011. The share of married-couple families where both parents worked edged up to 58.5 percent in 2011. The share of married-couple families where the father was employed (and the mother was not) was 30.4 percent; the share where the mother was employed (and the father was not) was 6.9 percent.
  30. Hint:
    Employment status of parents, 2011.