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BLS Midwest Data Users’ Conference — September 28, 2023

You are invited to attend the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Midwest Data Users' Conference on Thursday, September 28, 2023. This is a FREE virtual event that will be held via Webex.

Register now at Eventbrite.

On September 28th, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) will be holding the 2023 Midwest Regional Office Data Users' Conference, with a particular focus on 'What's New and What's Next with BLS Information'. The public will have the opportunity to hear from senior BLS economists and learn about the latest developments in our employment, prices, productivity, workplace injuries and illnesses, and wage records programs. Joining us will be our keynote speaker Gabriel Ehrlich from the University of Michigan's Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics and our state partners from Michigan and Minnesota. BLS economists will be on hand to answer questions throughout the presentation.

Advance registration is required for this event.

Please register by Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at Eventbrite. Webex Login information will be sent via email prior to the event date.

Event Information

  • When: Thursday, September 28, 2023
  • Where: Virtual
  • Cost: FREE
  • Time: 9:00 AM CT to 12:00 PM CT
  • Registration: Registration is required by Wednesday, September 27, 2023
  • Register at Eventbrite
NOTE: After registration in Eventbrite, a separate invitation to the Webex will follow prior to the event.


9:00 AM: Welcome and opening remarks – Jason Palmer, BLS Regional Commissioner

9:15 AM: Keynote SpeakerGabriel Ehrlich, Director, University of Michigan, Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics: The Economic Outlook for 2023-2025

10:00 AM: Federal Panel What's New and What's Next with BLS Information, moderated by Jason Palmer, BLS Regional Commissioner

  • Prices and Living Conditions – Jeffrey Hill, Associate Commissioner for the Office of Prices and Living Conditions

  • Employment and Unemployment – Julie Hatch-Maxfield, Associate Commissioner for the Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics

  • Productivity - Lucy Eldridge, Associate Commissioner for the Office of Productivity and Technology

  • Compensation and Working Conditions – Marika Litras, Assistant Commissioner for Occupational Safety and Health Statistics

11:00 AM: State Partners and BLS Wage Records Program

The BLS partners with states to produce valuable state and local employment and unemployment statistics, such as monthly unemployment rates and industry job counts. Learn about the latest developments from our state partners and the Bureau's Wage Records Program.

  • Alessia Leibert, Research Project Manager, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

  • Nick Gandhi, Economic Analyst, Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget

  • Rachel Weir, Economist, BLS Office of State Operations and Frame Research

12:00 PM: Adjourn

Contact Information

If you have any questions, contact the BLS Chicago Information Office at (312) 353-1880 or send an email.

We hope you can make it!

Please feel free to forward this invitation to any of your staff or colleagues who may be interested in joining us at the event.