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The Bureau of Labor Statistics supports research in labor market activity, working conditions, price changes, and productivity in the U.S. economy to support public and private decision making. The resources below are particularly useful for economic research. Please see the dropdown menus above for additional information and feel free to contact us with any questions.

Data Retrieval Tools

Provide a variety of ways to access our public data.

Schedule of News Releases

Presents the dates of our upcoming national news releases by month or news release. Most of our data become available when their corresponding release is posted.

Economic News Releases

Lists our latest national news releases and provides links to our regional news releases.

Handbook of Methods

Presents detailed explanations of how we obtain and prepare the economic data we publish. Our statistics are used for many purposes, and sometimes data well suited to one purpose may have limitations for another. This publication aims to provide users of our data with the most current information necessary to evaluate the suitability of our statistics for their needs.

Monthly Labor Review

Serves as our principal journal of fact, analysis, and research. Through these articles, our economists, statisticians, and experts join with private sector professionals and federal, state, and local government specialists to provide a wealth of research in a wide variety of fields. Subjects include the labor force, the economy, employment, inflation, productivity, occupational injuries and illnesses, wages, prices, and more.

Research Papers

Includes in-depth research papers on economic analysis and statistical methods.

Restricted Access Data

Explains how researchers in universities, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies can request access to confidential data for statistical research.