Have you been asked to participate in a BLS survey?
Without the generous cooperation of the people who participate in our surveys—people like you—the Bureau of Labor Statistics could not fulfill its mission to provide vital information about our economy and society to so many different customers.
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How we protect your confidentiality
We understand that confidentiality is important to you. That is why the law and our own security policies strictly protect the confidentiality of participants in our surveys.
Federal law prohibits us from releasing any information that could reveal the identity of you or your business without your consent. The information that you provide can only be used to produce statistics. In other words, it can only be used to describe or analyze the characteristics of groups, not individuals, households, or specific organizations.
We have multiple layers of protection for our computer systems and records. We also regularly train our staff about policies to protect your information. These laws and policies ensure that no one will be able to misuse your information or gain an unfair advantage by getting inside information about your business.
Why is your participation so important?
We carefully design our survey samples through a scientific process to represent the people and businesses in the United States. We strive to make participation in our surveys as easy as possible. We design survey questions that are easy to understand, and we try to minimize the time it takes to answer them.
Nearly all of our surveys are voluntary, which means the individuals, households, and organizations selected for our survey samples can choose whether to participate. We are grateful the great majority of them say “Yes.” The information provided benefits all of us.
Without your participation, these surveys would not accurately reflect the economic and social conditions of our country.
Please read a letter from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell about the importance of BLS data.