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Compilation and Management of Labor Market Statistics for Macroeconomic Analysis

Kenneth W. Robertson and John L. Eltinge


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the U.S. economy.  Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making.  BLS serves its user communities by providing data that are objective, timely, and relevant.  This paper will provide a brief overview of the compilation and management of labor market statistics at the BLS.  This will include a discussion of data collection and data processing practices, with some best practices for publication and dissemination of these key economic data.