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Foreign Labor Statistics: International Labor Comparisons: Overview

The International Labor Comparisons (ILC) program adjusts data to a common conceptual framework because direct comparisons of national statistics across countries can be misleading due to differing concepts and methods. ILC data are used to assess U.S. economic and labor market performance relative to that of other countries and to evaluate the competitive position of the United States in increasingly global markets.

NOTE: The International Labor Comparisons program was eliminated as part of the 2013 across-the-board spending cuts required by the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act. For more information regarding these cuts, please see: https://www.bls.gov/bls/sequester_info.htm.The material in the Handbook reflects the methodology in place before these cuts.

Quick Facts: Foreign Labor Statistics: International Labor Comparisons
Subject areas Productivity, Unemployment
Key measures
  • Consumer prices
  • Productivity
  • Unemployment rate
How the data are obtained Estimated from multiple data sources
Classification system Geography
Periodicity of data availability Annual
Geographic detail International
Scope Private sector
Key products
  • International labor comparisons news release
Program webpage

Last Modified Date: September 30, 2015