Management of Business Surveys and Production of Economic Statistics: Perspectives from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Employment Statistics Survey

Kenneth W. Robertson

Abstract

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, relevant, and timely. This paper will provide a brief overview of the management and compilation of labor market statistics through a focus on the Current Employment Statistics survey. This will include a discussion of budget, staffing, data collection and data processing practices, and will include some best practices for publication and dissemination of these key economic data.