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Special Notices

Updates to Functionality for all Data Retrieval Tools

As part of our continuing effort to restore functionality that was previously available in the Series Report tool, the following features will be available in all our data retrieval tools (Top Picks, Series Report, One Screen, and Multi-Screen) in the coming weeks:

  • Ability to retrieve multiple series IDs in one table - HTML or Text (Comma or Tab delimited). This feature will be labeled “Multi-series table” under ‘Select view of data’ on the Formatting Options page.

    Multiple series IDs in one table

  • Ability to not display the series catalog. This feature will be available by selecting the “Multi-series table” format under ‘Select view of data’ on the Formatting Options page. Not displaying the series catalog will allow user to easily copy and paste data to an Excel spreadsheet with minimal reformatting.

    Table showing how the BLS data will be displayed on an Excel spreadsheet

  • Returns period as M01, or Q01 instead of the three-letter English month abbreviation (for example, Jan, Feb, Mar etc.). This feature will be available by selecting the “Column Format” under ‘Select view of data’ on the Formatting Options page. Displaying the period as M01 will allow data users the ability to sort data with minimal reformatting after import to an Excel spreadsheet.

    Table showing a distinct reference period

The functionality previously available in the Series Report tool will be restored in phases. When implemented, these features will be available for all data query tools. Thank you again for your patience as we continue to work towards improving our website.

 

Last Modified Date: September 18, 2009