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Gulf War Era Veterans in the Labor Force October 2020

In 2019, there were 18.8 million veterans in the civilian population, and 7.4 million of those were veterans of the Gulf War era. The Gulf War era includes two periods – Gulf War I, from August 1990 to August 2001, and Gulf War II, from September 2001 to the present. This Spotlight on Statistics examines the demographic, employment, and unemployment characteristics of these veterans.

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Using BLS Data to Match People with Disabilities with Jobs July 2020

BLS has many data products that can be used to help individuals with disabilities plan their career paths. This Spotlight on Statistics highlights these products and demonstrates how they can be used to evaluate potential jobs, using two specific occupations as examples.

How Women and Aging Affect Trends in Labor Force Growth article image
How Women and Aging Affect Trends in Labor Force Growth July 2020

Labor force growth is an important component of economic growth. Two demographic shifts have had significant impacts on the U.S. labor force: changes in women’s participation and the growth of older age groups. This Spotlight on Statistics examines these shifts in detail.

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Meal Appeal: Patterns of Expenditures on Food away from Home April 2020

Dining out is an activity many Americans enjoy. Whether for social contact or convenience, purchasing food away from home (such as meals or snacks from restaurants, vending machines, employer cafeterias, or other venues) is a routine and seemingly unremarkable occurrence. But, on closer examination, there are interesting patterns to these expenditures. This Spotlight on Statistics provides valuable data for you to digest.

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Job Flexibilities and Work Schedules in 2017–18 April 2020

This Spotlight on Statistics looks at the percentage of wage and salary workers with flexible work arrangements, including workers’ ability and choices to work at home and adjust their work hours. This Spotlight also examines who works which schedules and why.