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About the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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.

Mission Statement

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.

Our Work and Organization

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.

Who We Serve


Survey Respondents

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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.


Our Website

Customer Input

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BLS is proud to work with prominent technical and scientific professionals who serve on these committes of stakeholders, advising BLS on ways to improve and innovate.


Questions and Answers

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About BLS in a Q & A format.


    Last Modified Date: February 9, 2023