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This article compares the labor market outcomes of workers with and without a criminal history record during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. read more »
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In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic affected the United States profoundly. In addition to the heavy toll on health and life, the pandemic also brought significant economic challenges, such as a drastic shift in workplace culture and the highest unemployment rate since data began in 1948. This Spotlight on Statistics explores how the COVID-19 pandemic influenced the spending behaviors of urban and rural consumers. read more »
This Beyond the Numbers article will describe the unemployed people per job openings ratio and examine unemployment and job openings trends by looking at estimates at the national level from December 2000 to December 2021, and at the state and regional level from December 2017 to December 2021. National data allows users to see the relationship more clearly between labor supply and demand nationwide, while state and regional data allows for comparative analysis across state labor markets. read more »
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in coordination with agencies across the federal government, continues to monitor the impacts of COVID-19. 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 and state agencies safe.
This page will be updated regularly.
The Office of Management and Budget has issued guidance encouraging maximum telework flexibilities for federal employees, so most BLS employees are working remotely, while 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 collects data through a variety of 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 has been open for business throughout the pandemic, our headquarters in Washington, DC, is not open to the public. Our staff continues to be on maximum telework.
BLS has suspended access to restricted microdata until support staff are available to help external researchers in the Postal Square Building. BLS will allow extensions of data access agreements that expire during the time support staff are unavailable.
Last Modified Date: September 1, 2022