This article examines how a series of major hurricanes in 2017 and 2018 affected the estimation of state and metropolitan area payroll employment and how lessons learned from these disasters has provided a playbook for producing estimates during the COVID-19 pandemic. read more »
The unemployment rate edged down to 6.0 percent in March 2021. The rate is down considerably from its recent high in April 2020 but is 2.5 percentage points higher than before the pandemic in February 2020. For those with a bachelor’s degree and higher, the unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in March, down from a high of 8.4 percent in April 2020. read more »
This Beyond the Numbers article examines the impact of COVID-19 on firms in the air travel and accommodation (e.g., hotels) industries using the new input to industry indexes as well as the Producer Price Index (PPI) output price indexes for these industries. read more »
How will the pandemic affect employment over the decade? This chart shows differences projected in some industries. read more »
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in coordination with agencies across the federal government, continues to monitor the impacts of the COVID-19 virus, also known as novel coronavirus. BLS is committed to producing and distributing gold-standard data while also keeping the public, our employees, and our partners at the U.S. Census Bureau safe.
This page will be updated regularly.
The Office of Management and Budget has issued guidance encouraging maximum telework flexibilities for federal employees, so many BLS employees are working remotely—maintaining the highest level of service.
Existing communications channels (phone, email, internet) continue to operate as normal during this period.
BLS intends to release all data on our normal schedule as announced on the BLS release calendar.
BLS employs a wide variety of collection methods for its surveys. Much of the data, particularly from businesses, are collected online and through telephone interviews. Some data, however, are collected in person. For data that are typically collected in person, we are limiting in-person collection and focusing on phone, email, and internet.
BLS does not make predictions about labor market data that we produce and distribute.
Although BLS headquarters in Washington, D.C., is open, the Office of Management and Budget has issued guidance encouraging maximum telework flexibilities for federal employees. BLS has suspended access to restricted microdata until support staff are available to assist external researchers in the Postal Square Building. BLS will allow for extensions of data access agreements should support staff be unavailable for an extended period.
Last Modified Date: May 14, 2021