Bureau of Labor Statistics Data User’s Conference — May 13, 2015

 BLS Data User’s Conference May 2015

You are invited to attend the Bureau of Labor Statistics Data User's Conference on May 13, 2015, in downtown Chicago.

  • BLS program specialists will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to discuss their programs with data users.
  • BLS program overview sessions will also be conducted.

Event Information

When: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Where: DePaul University’s Conference Center, 8th floor, 333 S. State Street, Chicago—Corner of State and Jackson Streets 
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Agenda: See below
Registration: Online form

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 program sessions will also be conducted and will provide an overview of the program, how the data are collected, uses, trends, and how to access the data from the BLS web site.

Special guest speakers for the conference will be David Friedman and Steven Henderson from the Bureau's national office in Washington, D.C. David Friedman is the Associate Commissioner for the Bureau's Office of Prices and Living Conditions where he oversees programs for the Consumer Price Index, Producer Price Index, Import and Export Price Indexes, and Consumer Expenditure Survey and a research division that conducts frontier research on price index and consumer expenditure issues. Steve Henderson is the Chief of the Branch of Information and Analysis with the Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) program.

We invite you to stop by and chat with BLS program specialists, staff from the Illinois Department of Employment Security's Labor Market Information office, or sit in on a program overview session. This conference is for you if you want to learn more about how the Bureau measures:

  • Inflation and cost of living from the Consumer Price Index, Producer Price Index, Import/Export Price Indexes, and Consumer Expenditure Survey programs
  • Employment and Unemployment from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey, and Local Area Unemployment Statistics programs
  • Pay and Benefits from the National Compensation Survey and Occupational Employment Statistics programs
  • Workplace Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities from the Occupational Safety and Health Statistics program
  • Employment Outlook from the Employment Projections program

We hope to see you there!

Agenda

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Open house—BLS program specialists will be available from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM to discuss their programs with data users

BLS Program Overviews

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) Room 8010
Guest speaker: Steven Henderson, CE Branch Chief, Information & Analysis, Washington, D.C.

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW)/Current Employment Statistics (CES) Room 8002
Presenters: Jan Garth, Economist, QCEW program, Chicago
                 Greg Podczaski, Economist, CES program, Chicago

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Consumer Price Index (CPI) Room 8010
Presenter: Cassandra Wirth, Economist, Office of Economic Analysis & Information, Chicago

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Current Population Survey (CPS)/Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) Room 8002
Presenters: Paul LaPorte, Economist, Office of Economic Analysis & Information, Chicago
                  Angela DeVinney, Economist, LAUS program, Chicago

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Producer Price Index (PPI)/Import/Export Price Indexes (MPX) Room 8010
Guest speaker: David Friedman, Associate Commissioner, Office of Prices and Living Conditions, Washington, D.C.

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National Compensation Survey (NCS)/Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Room 8002
Presenters: Kevin Ables, Economist, NCS program, Chicago
                 James Morris, Economist, OES program, Chicago
                 

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities (IIF) Room 8010
Presenter: Gail Barnett, Economist, Occupational Safety and Health Statistics program, Chicago

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Employment Projections (EP) Room 8002
Presenter: Tom McDonald, Economist, Office of Economic Analysis & Information, Chicago

Contact Information

Please contact the BLS Chicago Office of Economic Analysis and Information if you have any questions:
E-mail: BLSInfoChicago@bls.gov or
Phone: 312-353-1880 (menu option zero) from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CT