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Keith Hall was Commissioner from January 2008 to January 2012.
December 23, 2009
Every two years, the BLS releases projection data for the labor market as a whole 10 years into the future. There are several additional products that go along with this release, including career guide information and articles featured in the Monthly Labor Review and Occupational Outlook Quarterly. Check out this wealth of information:
December 10, 2009
Have you ever wondered how wages of those who are compensated by commission or other incentive pay impact total wage measures? You can find some interesting analysis on this subject in the article "The Effect of Incentive Pay on Rates of Change in Wages and Salaries".
Elementary and secondary school counselors earn higher wages than counselors working in individual and family services and vocational services. You can view this and even more information in the most recent chart book from the Occupational Employment program.
Lastly, here is a link to Keith Hall's statement on the November employment situation, which he delivered before the Congressional Joint Economic Committee (JEC).
November 27, 2009
As we head into late fall, the debate in Congress over health care continues. BLS has a wealth of data on health care, ranging from employment and compensation for heath care workers, to how much it costs to provide health care. Check out our Spotlight on Statistics on Health care to see what BLS data can say about this important topic.
The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program released an analysis on the hazards faced by our resident military.
Lastly, here is a link to Keith Hall's statement on the October employment situation, which he delivered before the Congressional Joint Economic Committee (JEC).
October 19, 2009
Here is a link to Keith Hall's statement on the September employment situation, which he delivered before the Congressional Joint Economic Committee (JEC).
September 4, 2009
Many people (perhaps even a few here at BLS headquarters in Washington, D.C.) would be surprised at the volume of publications that come out of the BLS Regional Offices. BLS issues, on average, about 65 news releases each month, and about 50 of these are produced by the Regional Offices. Each of the eight Regional Offices covers a multi-state area and regularly produces news releases, data tables, and other publications that provide insight into employment, unemployment, earnings, prices, and other economic phenomena at the state or metropolitan area level.
The Western BLS Information Office in San Francisco recently published an interesting Regional Report on employment and wages over the 2001–2008 period in Silicon Valley.
Here is a link to Keith Hall's statement on the August employment situation.
August 7, 2009
Here is a link to Keith Hall's statement on the July employment situation, which he delivered before the Congressional Joint Economic Committee (JEC) today.
July 23, 2009
As has been mentioned in this space, the BLS recently turned 125. We were privileged to have several of Washington’s leading policy makers and Bureau supporters join us for the Anniversary celebration on June 26th in the lobby of the Postal Square Building. They included our own Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, Chairman Christina Romer of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Chair of the Joint Economic Committee. They each spoke on the importance of the Bureau’s work and their support of our continuing mission to provide impartial, timely, and accurate data to policy makers, business leaders, workers, and many others to help them make sound decisions. Following their remarks, we were joined by two of our distinguished former Commissioners, Janet Norwood and Kathleen Utgoff, for a panel discussion on the Bureau and its history and mission.
Here is a portion of the remarks delivered by Chairman Bernanke:
"Over its 125 years, the BLS has built a reputation for providing timely and accurate economic information. The close relationship that the bureau’s economists and statisticians maintain with researchers--both those in government and in academia--cultivates that exemplary performance. Researchers’ insights have led to better analysis and higher quality data. Moreover, the bureau is committed to undertaking the innovations and improvements necessary to ensure that its economic statistics effectively measure and provide insight into an ever-changing economy."
Dr. Bernanke’s remarks in their entirety are available on the Federal Reserve website at www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/speech/bernanke20090626a.htm. BLS thanks Chairman Bernanke and our other special guests for their participation at this important event.
Also related to the 125th Anniversary event, here are the closing comments prepared by Keith Hall:
Finally, here are links to Keith Hall's statements on the May and June employment situation news releases. The statement for May was delivered before the Congressional Joint Economic Committee (JEC), the one for June was not as Congress was in recess for the July 4th holiday.
June 26, 2009
The Bureau of Labor Statistics turns 125 this month! BLS is marking this anniversary in a number of ways.
A Monthly Labor Review article, "BLS at 125," by Associate Commissioner Bill Wiatrowski was posted today. In this article, Bill reviews a set of core principles that have guided BLS for one and a quarter centuries, including commitment to objectivity, fairness and impartiality; concern for respondents; and relevance to current economic and social conditions.
Yesterday, an issue of BLS Spotlight on Statistics was posted in honor of the 125th anniversary. This Spotlight takes a look at a sample of prominent BLS products. You may be surprised to find out how far back some of the numbers go. For example, the Consumer Price Index extends back nearly 100 years, to the World War I era. Payroll employment statistics for the nonfarm sector date back to 1939 and show that such employment has increased by about 100 million since then.
May 8, 2009
Below you will find a link to Keith Hall's testimony on the April 2009 employment situation delivered before the Congressional Joint Economic Committee (JEC) this morning:
Yesterday, the President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2010 was released. The 2010 President’s Budget for BLS includes funds to develop new series on "green-collar" jobs, addressing the need for detailed data on these rapidly evolving industries and occupations.
A new paper is available from BLS, "Ranks of Discouraged Workers and Others Marginally Attached to the Labor Force Rise During Recession." This paper shows how the number of persons who were marginally attached to the labor force increased sharply during the current recession.
April 3, 2009
Here are links to Keith Hall's testimony on the March 2009 employment situation delivered before the Congressional Joint Economic Committee (JEC) on Friday, April 3, 2009, as well as his JEC testimony on the February 2009 employment data. Below you will find a link to his testimony delivered on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies hearing on "Raising Wages and Living Standards for Families and Workers."
Recently a reporter with The Washington Post.com spent part of a day with two of the Bureau’s economists as they compiled data for the March employment report. (Of course, the reporter was not permitted to see any of the actual March employment data on that day, because of the strict BLS standards regarding the handling of data prior to release.) If you are interested in seeing the work of BLS staff, please visit the the Federal Eye blog on the WashingtonPost.com website to find out about a day in the life of our economists.
Last Modified Date: December 23, 2009