As many people noticed, the Employment Situation report for September 2013 was delayed because of the partial government shutdown that occurred from October 1 to October 16. Only three of the approximately 2,400 BLS employees worked full time during the shutdown. BLS staff were back on the job October 17, and we released the September Employment Situation the morning of Tuesday, October 22. Read my statement about the report.
The government shutdown affected data collection, analysis, and dissemination activities for all the other BLS surveys and programs as well, so we recently updated the schedule for news releases planned for the remainder of 2013.
Just before the shutdown began, BLS released a new group of webpages for our younger customers and their teachers and parents. The new BLS K-12 pages provide classroom activities, games, quizzes, and more to make learning economics and statistics fun. The pages also provide information to help students learn more about career options. New material will be added to these pages regularly.