The generous cooperation of the people who participate in our surveys—people like you—helps us fulfill our mission of providing vital information about our economy and society to our nation's workers and employers.
We carefully design our survey samples to represent the people and businesses in the United States. Without your participation, these surveys would not accurately reflect the economic and social conditions in our country.
We know how important your time is, so we strive to make completing our surveys as effortless as possible. We design survey questions that are easy to understand and answer in a short period of time.
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 that the great majority of them agree to participate, and we hope you will, too. The information you provide benefits all of us.
This letter from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell underscores the importance of BLS data.
We understand that confidentiality is important to you. The law and our own security policies strictly protect your confidentiality to ensure no one will be able to misuse your information or gain an unfair advantage by getting inside information about your business.
Federal law prohibits us from releasing any information that could reveal the identity of you or your business without your consent. The information 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.
Protecting your information is critically important to us. Our computer systems and records have multiple layers of protection. We ensure that BLS staff stays current on policies to protect your information, and we regularly train our staff on data security.