The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is an agency of the United States Department of Labor. It is the principal fact-finding agency in the broad field of labor economics and statistics and serves as part of the U.S. Federal Statistical System. BLS collects, calculates, analyzes, and publishes data essential to the public, employers, researchers, and government organizations. The Bureau of Labor Statistics measures labor market activity, working conditions, price changes, and productivity in the U.S. economy to support public and private decision making.
To make it easier for you to request information or data, we provide:
If you have any comments about the BLS Information Guide, please contact us.
BLS representatives can help you access data and information produced by BLS. You can reach us at 202-692-5200.
Recorded summaries of current BLS data are available on telephone hotlines 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call our regional offices to listen to recorded summaries of BLS data.
Current data and analyses are available online in news releases, articles, reports, and chart presentations. Printed copies of older BLS publications usually can be found at federal depository libraries. You can check with your local librarian or find the federal depository library nearest you through the Government Publishing Office. Another resource for older publications is the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank’s FRASER digital library.
BLS news releases announce that new data and information are available. They typically consist of a short narrative with at least one chart. See our full list of news releases.
The Monthly Labor Review (MLR) was established in 1915 and is the principal journal of fact, analysis, and research published by BLS. BLS economists, statisticians, and data scientists join with academic researchers, private sector professionals, and state and local government specialists to provide a wealth of research in a wide variety of fields: the labor force, the economy, employment, inflation, productivity, workplace injuries and illnesses, pay and benefits, working conditions, prices, and more.
BLS does consider papers written by non-BLS authors for publication in the MLR. See our submission guidelines to learn more. Authors may submit papers for consideration by email to the Executive Editor, at OPUBSS_Submit@bls.gov.
Beyond the Numbers features current, brief analyses that allow BLS economists to highlight interesting topics on employment and unemployment, prices and spending, global economy, pay and benefits, workplace injuries, productivity, and special studies and research.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) offers a detailed look at the projected employment growth for occupations, as well as pay and education and training. It is a nationally recognized source of career information, and the OOH is designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives.
Career Outlook features articles and brief summaries on employment, earnings, education and training needs, and careers. Each issue is designed to help guidance counselors, career planners, employment analysts, and young people keep up with occupational employment developments in a fast-changing economy.
TED: The Economics Daily presents fresh economic information in charts and maps and highlights intriguing BLS data that you might otherwise have missed.
Spotlight on Statistics features graphics, maps, and brief analysis to illustrate BLS data about the U.S. labor market and economy.
Commissioner’s Corner is a blog where we announce new products and research and explain things you might not have known about BLS data.
BLS Reports provide data on women in the labor force, labor force characteristics by race and ethnicity, the working poor, and consumer expenditures. They typically contain a few pages of analysis and numerous tables.
The Handbook of Methods provides the most current and detailed explanations of how BLS obtains and prepares the economic data it publishes.
BLS has a webpage devoted to helping students and teachers discover information about the economy and jobs. The Classroom webpage is a fun way to learn about BLS and the data we produce; it was created with students from kindergarten through 12th grade in mind.
The Teacher’s Desk has classroom activities and videos you can incorporate into your lesson plans to explain common economic concepts using BLS data! The Teacher’s Desk also has informational posters to print and hang in your classroom and around the school. These posters feature the fastest growing occupations, employment growth and pay for occupational groups, employment and earnings by educational attainment, and much more. We update these posters when we publish new data.
On the Student’s Desk you can explore careers that relate to your interests and learn about the economic concepts BLS uses. You can also make your own data chart using our K–12 Chart Maker tool!
You can test your knowledge of BLS concepts with our Games & Quizzes.
You can contact us to learn more about the K–12 webpage or to send us your feedback.
Information specialists in the following offices are available to assist you:
The BLS Division of Information and Marketing Services disseminates BLS information to businesses, government agencies, and the public. Our staff are available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Eastern Time, to answer a full range of questions regarding BLS data and information.
The Division of Information and Marketing Services offers the following services:
You can contact the Division of Information and Marketing Services by mail at the address below.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Division of Information and Marketing Services
2 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Room 2850
Washington, DC 20212
Regional information offices analyze and publish BLS data and help customers with questions about the application and use of those data. Although these offices specialize in the regional economy, they provide the full range of BLS statistics and publications to all customers, including businesses, government agencies, and the public. BLS has seven regional information offices.
Regional information offices offer the following:
Connecticut – Maine – Massachusetts – New Hampshire – Rhode Island – Vermont – New York – Puerto Rico – U.S. Virgin Islands
Delaware – District of Columbia – Maryland – New Jersey – Pennsylvania – Virginia – West Virginia
Alabama – Florida – Georgia – Kentucky – Mississippi –North Carolina – South Carolina – Tennessee
Illinois – Indiana – Iowa – Michigan – Minnesota – Nebraska – North Dakota – Ohio – South Dakota – Wisconsin
Arkansas – Colorado – Kansas – Louisiana – Missouri – Montana – New Mexico – Oklahoma – Texas Utah – Wyoming – Colorado – Kansas – Missouri – Montana – Utah – Wyoming
Alaska – Arizona – California – Hawaii – Idaho – Nevada – Oregon – Washington
Provides information about the labor market, education, training, and job qualifications
The Employment Projections program develops information about the labor market for the nation as a whole for 10 years in the future.
Projections of employment by industry and occupation are used for career decision purposes by students, parents, counselors, dislocated workers, jobseekers, and career changers.
Projections are also a critical component of workforce development systems and serve as the basis for determining jobs in demand.
The Employment Projections program also provides information on the education and training requirements for entering occupations to aide in career exploration.
The Employment Projections program develops the Occupational Outlook Handbook, which is a web-based publication that provides information on the type of work; education, training, and other qualifications; employment; job outlook; wages; similar occupations; and sources of additional information for hundreds of occupations.
Produces employment and wage estimates annually
Employer Costs for Employee Compensation, Employment Projections, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Current Population Survey, Current Employment Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities
A survey on job requirements, conditions, and demands
A standard used by federal agencies to classify workers into occupational categories
Nationwide household surveys to study how U.S. consumers spend their money
A survey of the labor force characteristics of households in the United States
A set of surveys designed to gather information at multiple points in time on the labor market activities and other significant life events of several groups of men and women. NLS data have served as an important tool for economists, sociologists, and other researchers for more than 50 years.
Detailed national industry estimates of nonfarm employment, hours, and earnings of workers on payrolls
Monthly estimates of total employment and unemployment for over 7,600 areas
Publishes a quarterly count of employment, wages, and establishments
Produces detailed industry estimates of employment, hours, and earnings of workers on nonfarm payrolls
Measures the amount of time people spend doing various activities, such as paid work, childcare, volunteering, and socializing
A measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for a market basket of consumer goods and services
A measure of the prices of nonmilitary goods and services traded between the United States and the rest of the world
A measure of the average change over time of the selling prices received by domestic producers for their output
Assists statistical organizations throughout the world with the collection, processing, analysis, dissemination, and use of economic and labor statistics
Statistics about dynamic job gains and losses
Produces data on job openings, hires, and separations
Data on selected employee benefit plans
Measures the average employer cost per employee hour worked for total compensation, wages and salaries, and benefits, and costs as a percent of total compensation
Measures changes in labor costs over time
Consumer Price Index, Modeled Wage Estimates, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics, Productivity, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, Current Employment Statistics, Employer Costs for Employee Compensation
Annual estimates of average hourly wages for occupations by selected job characteristics and geographic location
Measures how efficiently the United States converts inputs into the outputs of goods and services
Produces a wide range of information about workplace injuries and illnesses
Provides data of major work stoppages