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The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is an agency of the United States Department of Labor. It is the principal fact-finding agency in the broad field of labor economics and statistics and serves as part of the U.S. Federal Statistical System. BLS collects, calculates, analyzes, and publishes data essential to the public, employers, researchers, and government organizations.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics measures labor market activity, working conditions, price changes, and productivity in the U.S. economy to support public and private decision making.
The first BLS Commissioner, Carroll D. Wright, described the Bureau’s mandate as “the fearless publication of the facts.” Today, "Just the Facts" is a core BLS value. If asked, “Is the glass half empty or half full?” At BLS, we see an 8-ounce glass containing 4 ounces.
BLS data products are used throughout American society and BLS economists and information specialists are available to answer your questions: contact us.
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.
www.bls.gov is the website of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with online publications and data tools to help you find what you're looking for.
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Last Modified Date: February 9, 2023