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BLS Data Users’ Conference: Prices & Employment

Monday, April 1, 2019 | Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City | Register now for this FREE EVENT

You are invited to attend the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Data Users’ Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, on April 1, 2019. This is a great opportunity to meet and speak with BLS program experts and learn more about the economic data produced by the BLS. Featured topics include both domestic and international prices, and the relationship between employment and inflation. The event will also include a panel discussion on recent price movements.

Special guest speakers include:

  • William Wiatrowski, Acting Commissioner for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Washington, DC

  • David Friedman, BLS Associate Commissioner for Prices and Living Conditions, Washington, DC

  • Susan Fleck, BLS Assistant Commissioner for International Prices, Washington, DC

  • Jeffrey Hill, BLS Assistant Commissioner, Producer Price Index, Washington, DC

  • Luke Woodward, Senior Vice President and head of the Research Division, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

  • A. Lee Smith, Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Event Information

  • When: Monday, April 1, 2019

  • Where: Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, 1 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, MO, 64108

  • Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., check-in and continental breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m.

  • Cost: FREE

  • Registration: Required no later than Monday, March 25, 5:00 p.m.

NOTE: Due to security measures, registration and photo ID will be required for admittance to the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank building.


  • 8:30 a.m. Check-in and Continental Breakfast

  • 9:00 a.m. Welcome
    Stanley W. Suchman, BLS Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations, Dallas-Kansas City
    Luke Woodward, Senior Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

  • 9:05 a.m. BLS and the Future of Data
    William Wiatrowski, BLS Acting Commissioner

  • 9:30 a.m. Employment and Inflation: Is There a Disconnect?
    David Friedman, BLS Associate Commissioner for Prices and Living Conditions

  • 10:15 a.m. BREAK

  • 10:30 a.m. International and Domestic Prices: How Does the U.S. Compare? 
    Susan Fleck, BLS Assistant Commissioner, Division of International Prices

  • 11:15 a.m. Panel on Recent Price Movements: What Do They Tell Us?
    Jeffrey Hill, BLS Assistant Commissioner, Producer Price Index
    A. Lee Smith, Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

  • 12:15 p.m. Closing Remarks
    Stanley W. Suchman, BLS Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations

12:30 p.m. Join us for a Data Open House after the event and speak to BLS experts!

Meet with BLS experts

Following the event, we invite you to chat with BLS experts who will be available to discuss:

  • Inflation and cost of living from the Consumer Price Index and Consumer Expenditure Survey programs

  • Industrial and International Prices from the Producer Price Index and Import/Export Price Index 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

Contact Information

If you have any questions, contact the BLS Mountain-Plains Information Office at (816) 285-7001 or send us an email

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