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Bureau of Labor Statistics Data User’s Conference — February 22, 2017

You are invited to attend the Bureau of Labor Statistics Data User's Conference on February 22, 2017, in Richmond, Virginia.

Event Information

When: Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Where: Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, 701 East Byrd Street, Richmond, VA 23219 
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., check-in begins at 8:00 a.m.
Cost: FREE
Agenda: See below
Registration: please RSVP at no later than Friday, February 17th.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and prices changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate economic information to support public and private decision-making.

This conference will give current BLS data users and future data users the opportunity to speak with BLS economists and learn more about the economic data series we produce. BLS executives will present three in-depth sessions on employment and unemployment, to provide an understanding of selected topics within these subjects.

Opening Remarks for the conference will given by Jeffrey M. Lacker, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond; Ellen Marie Hess, Virginia Employment Commissioner; and Sheila Watkins, Regional Commissioner for the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Special guest speakers for the conference will be BLS Associate Commissioner Michael W. Horrigan and BLS Assistant Commissioners Julie Hatch, Ken Robertson, and Rebecca Rust.


  • Opting Out and Does the Unemployment Rate Matter: Examine long-term declines in labor force participate rates. Discover what data from BLS say about the health of the U.S. economy.
  • The Changing Nature of Work: Explore the concepts and definitions of contingent workers & workers in alternative arrangements. Discuss the ‘gig economy’: what it is and how to measure it.
  • What's Happening in Your Neighborhood? Learn about local BLS employment and unemployment data.

We hope to see you there!


8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Open house—BLS economists will be available from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM to discuss any BLS products or data

BLS Conference Events

8:00 a.m.

Check-in and continental breakfast begins.

9:00 a.m.

Opening remarks from Jeffrey M. Lacker, Ellen Marie Hess, and Sheila Watkins.

9:15 a.m.

Opting Out and Does the Unemployment Rate Matter, presented by BLS Associate Commissioner Michael W. Horrigan.

10:00 a.m.

The Changing Nature of Work, presented by BLS Assistant Commissioner Julie Hatch.

10:40 a.m.


11:00 a.m.

What's Happening in Your Neighborhood?, presented by BLS Assistant Commissioners Julie Hatch, Ken Robertson, and Rebecca Rust.

RSVP Required

Please RSVP at no later than Friday, February 17th, 2017.

Contact Information

Please contact the BLS Philadelphia Office of Economic Analysis and Information if you have any questions:
E-mail: or
Phone: (215) 597-3282