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The 2010 President’s Budget for the Bureau of Labor Statistics

On December 16, 2009, President Obama signed into law the 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act. The Act provides $611.4 million in funding to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for the 2010 fiscal year that began on October 1, 2009. This funding level is $0.2 million less than the President requested.

The 2010 level of funding will enable BLS to meet its highest priority goals and objectives during 2010. Specifically, it includes funds to produce new series on green jobs, addressing the need for detailed data on these rapidly evolving industries and occupations. A general description of the initiative is provided below. More information will be posted on the BLS website later this spring.

2010 Budget Highlight
The 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act for the BLS includes:

  • Measuring Green-Collar Jobs ($8 million).  As the chief source of government data on jobs, BLS will work with other DOL and Federal agencies, such as the Employment and Training Administration, the Departments of Energy and Commerce, and the Environmental Protection Agency, to identify green economic activity and produce data on the associated jobs. This initiative will produce regular tabulations of aggregate employment and wages by industry and occupation for businesses producing green goods and services. In addition, the initiative includes special employer surveys; the first one will ask businesses about their environmentally–friendly production processes and associated jobs. The first jobs data to be produced under this initiative will be available in fiscal year 2012.


Last Modified Date: March 5, 2010