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Understanding BLS data

Understanding BLS Unemployment Statistics

Learn how the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates the unemployment rate.

Understanding BLS Employment Projections

Learn the terms and ideas that can help you understand employment projections data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

How the Employment Cost Index is Used

The Employment Cost Index, or ECI, measures changes in the cost of employees to employers over time. In the private sector, business owners and human resources professionals can use the ECI to make decisions about pay adjustments to help them stay competitive. In the public sector, the Federal Reserve and others use the ECI to gauge the health of the labor market, adjust contracts, and research the labor market.

What is the Employment Cost Index?

The Employment Cost Index, or ECI, is a Principal Federal Economic Indicator that provides data on how labor costs are changing and how the economy is performing. The ECI measures changes in labor costs by tracking the cost of employees to employers.

Worker Safety Data

The safety of America's workers depends on understanding hazards in the workplace. Here at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics we help provide the data to understand those hazards. Our role is to collect, estimate, and publish statistics on workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.

A Look at Occupational Employment in the United States

This video looks at the different types of jobs people have, from the largest groups to the smallest.

Get the facts on the Bureau of Labor Statistics

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No matter what stage you are in your life, "there's a stat for that." At the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics our job is to collect, analyze and disseminate essential economic information to help people make better decisions.

What is productivity?

Explore the meaning of productivity with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and learn how productivity growth can lead to improvements in our lives and the well-being of our nation.

Understanding the Chained Consumer Price Index

The Chained CPI is a relatively new measure of inflation. This video provides an overview of the chained CPI and its advantages and limitations in comparison to other measures.

Interesting facts from BLS

How much did prices change for holiday items from 2006 to 2016?

How much did prices change for common holiday items from 2006 to 2016? Learn more from the Consumer Price Index (This video is not closed captioned because the audio does not include spoken words).

How do millennials spend their money?

As more millennials enter the workforce, they are also spending more. Learn more about how their spending habits compare with those of older generations  (This video is not closed captioned because the audio does not include spoken words).

How does your day compare to the average American?

Learn more about how Americans spend their time with data from the American Time Use Survey (This video is not closed captioned because the audio does not include spoken words).

Fastest growing occupations 2014–2024

Employment projections help us know which occupations are growing the fastest and which ones are adding the most new jobs. In this video, we also highlight which fastest-growing occupations require a bachelor's degree and which only require some postsecondary education, like an associate degree or certificate program  (This video is not closed captioned because the audio does not include spoken words).

Bureau of Labor Statistics seminars

The International Price System

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Harvard Professor Dr. Gita Gopinath presents on her paper "The International Price System."

National Longitudinal Surveys 50th Anniversary Conference

50th Anniversary of the National Longitudinal Surveys

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Instead of just a snapshot in time, the National Longitudinal Surveys track the same respondents over the course of their life. Researchers, statisticians, and policymakers gathered at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics headquarters in Washington, DC, on September 17, 2015, to mark the 50th anniversary of this rich data resource. BLS Commissioner Erica L. Groshen provided opening remarks.

Understanding 50 Years of Contributions from the NLS and Envisioning Its Future

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Michael Horrigan presents "Understanding 50 Years of Contributions from the NLS and Envisioning Its Future" at the National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) 50th Anniversary Conference. September 17, 2015.

Thinking about the impact of the NLS program

Dan Black of the University of Chicago takes a look back at 50 years of National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) research at the NLS 50th Anniversary Conference.

Katharine Abraham at the National Longitudinal Surveys 50th Anniversary Conference

Katharine Abraham at the National Longitudinal Surveys 50th Anniversary Conference.

Elizabeth Peters at the National Longitudinal Surveys 50th Anniversary Conference

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Elizabeth Peters of the Urban Institute at the National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) 50th Anniversary Conference.

Rebecca Clark: NICHD and the NLSY79

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Rebecca Clark of the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development discusses the National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) 1979 cohort at the NLS 50th Anniversary Conference.

Howard Snyder at the National Longitudinal Surveys 50th Anniversary Conference

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Howard Snyder of the Bureau of Justice Statistics presents "The Infrastructure for the Largest National Study of Self-Reported Juvenile Offending in the U.S." at the National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) 50th Anniversary Conference.

Brian Harris-Kojetin at the National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) 50th Anniversary Conference

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Brian Harris-Kojetin of the National Academy of Sciences discusses government and private sector uses of National Longitudinal Survey (NLS) data at the NLS 50th Anniversary Conference. September 17, 2015.

Katharine Abraham answers questions at the NLS 50th Anniversary Conference

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Katharine Abraham answers questions at the National Longitudinal Surveys 50th Anniversary Conference.

Current Employment Statistics 100th Anniversary Conference

Current Employment Statistics - 100 Years of CES Symposium

Current Employment Statistics - 100 Years of CES Symposium. October 19, 2015

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