About the Monthly Labor Review

Established in 1915, Monthly Labor Review (MLR) is the principal journal of fact, analysis, and research from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, an agency within the U.S. Department of Labor. Each month, economists, statisticians, and experts from the Bureau join with 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, occupational injuries and illnesses, wages, prices, and more.

MLR articles are provided in HTML and PDF formats. With each article we provide a summary, links to related articles, author information, a list of related topics, and links to related BLS programs.

The MLR (ISSN 1937-4658) is published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor. Communications on editorial matters should be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief, Monthly Labor Review, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, D.C. 20212.

The Secretary of Labor has determined that the publication of this periodical is necessary in the transaction of the public business required by law of this Department.

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The following departments appear in the Monthly Labor Review with varying frequencies:

        • Book reviews analyze the merits of today's hottest books for the MLR audience.
        • Beyond BLS briefly summarizes articles, newsletter items, reports, working papers, etc., from the tremendous amount of information that passes across 
                  the MLR editors’ desks.
        • Flashback may present a subject of interest or a link to a historic MLR article on a relevant topic.
        • Letters to the editor provide an opportunity to learn about other readers’ opinions.

Our staff

Editor-in-Chief Executive Editor Managing Editor Editors Design and layout
Michael D. Levi Emily Liddel Terry L. Schau Brian I. Baker Edith W. Peters
    Graham Boone  
    Charlotte M. Irby  
    Yavor Ivanchev  
    Carol Boyd Leon  

Lawrence R. Klein Award

Each year since 1969, the Lawrence R. Klein Award has honored the best articles appearing in the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Monthly Labor Review. The award was established in honor of Lawrence R. Klein, who retired in 1968 after 22 years as editor-in-chief of the Review and established a fund to encourage articles that exhibit 

        • originality of ideas or methods on analysis,        
        • adhere to the principles of scientific inquiry, and 
        • are well written.

Past Lawrence R. Klein Award winners

Submitting articles to the Monthly Labor Review

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