October 31, 2014
Halloween is often associated with candy, costumes, and seasonal fall celebrations. Whether you are greeting trick-or-treaters, attending a costume party, or simply indulging in the well-stocked candy aisle at your local store, you have probably been tempted by sweets and treats over the past few weeks. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for candy and chewing gum increased 23 percent from January 2007 to September 2014.read full article »
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October 30, 2014
Nonfarm payroll employment increased from September 2013 to September 2014 in 314 of the 372 metropolitan areas, decreased in 53 areas, and was unchanged in 5 areas. The largest over-the-year percentage gain in employment occurred in Muncie, Indiana (+8.9 percent), followed by Midland, Texas (+6.4 percent), and Elkhart-Goshen, Indiana (+5.4 percent).
October 29, 2014
The Bureau of Labor Statistics developed research data on employment, wages, and establishment figures for nonprofit institutions. Among the private industries for which nonprofit data are available for 2012, health care and social assistance had the highest annual average employment (7.7 million) and the highest average number of establishments (127,000). Annual wages were the highest among those working in the finance and insurance industry ($77,144).
October 28, 2014
Median weekly earnings of the nation’s 106.9 million full-time wage and salary workers were $797 (seasonally adjusted) in the third quarter of 2014. Women who usually worked full time had median weekly earnings of $722, or 82 percent of the $880 median for men.
October 27, 2014
Real average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased by 0.3 percent, seasonally adjusted, from September 2013 to September 2014. The 12-month change in real hourly earnings varied by industry, ranging from -0.9 percent in education and health services to 3.2 percent in information.
Three recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
Housing: before, during, and after the Great Recession
looks at consumer expenditures on household items, employment in residential construction, prices for household items, and injuries in occupations involved in building and maintaining our homes.
Women veterans in the labor force examines the demographic, employment, and unemployment characteristics of women veterans.
BLS Statistics by Occupation provides an overview of occupational employment and wages with an emphasis on STEM jobs and occupational data by typical entry-level education required.