The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the principal fact-finding agency for the federal government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. BLS is an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data for the public, Congress, other federal agencies, state and local governments, business, and labor. BLS also serves as a statistical resource for the U.S. Department of Labor.
BLS data must satisfy a number of criteria, including relevance to current social and economic issues, timeliness in reflecting today's rapidly changing economic conditions, accuracy, consistently high statistical quality, and impartiality in both subject matter and presentation.
To make it easier for you to request information or data, we have provided:
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CPI = Consumer Price Index
PPI = Producer Price Index
ECI = Employment Cost Index
CPI data are available via fax upon request. Additional data are available for all regions.Obtaining information through BLS products
Current data and analyses are available online and come in the form of news releases, periodicals, reports, summaries, and bulletins. Printed copies of older BLS publications usually can be found at federal depository libraries. Check with your local librarian or find the Federal Depository library nearest you through the Government Publishing Office (GPO) website: catalog.gpo.gov/fdlpdir/FDLPdir.jsp. Another resource for older publications is the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank’s Fraser digital library: fraser.stlouisfed.org.
News releases: BLS news releases announce that new data are available. News releases typically consist of a short narrative with at least one chart. For information on specific news releases, see individual BLS program areas.
Periodicals, summaries, reports, bulletins, and other materials: BLS produces analytical summaries, articles, reports, and chart presentations that are posted online on a varied schedule. New material is added daily.
Monthly Labor Review (MLR): Established in 1915, the MLR is the principal journal of fact, analysis, and research published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Each month, economists, statisticians, and experts from the Bureau join with private sector professionals and state and local government specialists to provide a wealth of research on a wide variety of fields about the economy. (Note: Compensation and Working Conditions (CWC) Online was discontinued, but articles from that publication are still available in the Monthly Labor Review.)
Beyond the Numbers (BTN): This publication features current, brief analyses that highlights interesting topics on employment and unemployment, prices and spending, global economy, pay and benefits, workplace injuries, productivity, and special studies and research.
Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH): This publication offers a detailed look at the projected growth for occupations, as well as pay and education and training for those occupations. It is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. The OOH is updated every 2 years.
Career Outlook: This publication contains articles and brief summaries on careers including employment, earnings, and education and training needs. Each issue is designed to help guidance counselors, career planners, employment analysts, and young people keep up with occupational employment developments in a fast-changing economy.
BLS Reports: Typically containing a few pages of analysis and numerous tables, these annual reports provide data on women in the labor force, labor force characteristics by race and ethnicity, the working poor, and consumer expenditures.
The Economics Daily (TED): TED is a daily synopsis, highlighting new or interesting data produced by BLS.
Spotlight on Statistics: This presentation uses charts, maps, and other imagery to describe economic analysis. It contains brief bulleted observations to guide the reader through the illustrations.
Handbook of Methods: The Handbook provides the most current, detailed explanations of how the BLS obtains and prepares the economic data it publishes.Are you searching for a specific topic or a definition of a BLS term? Please review our A-Z Index and our Glossary.
BLS has a webpage devoted to helping students and teachers discover valuable information about the economy and jobs. Created with students from kindergarten through 12th grade in mind, the Classroom webpage is a fun way to learn about BLS and the data we produce.
Our Teacher’s Desk has classroom activities and videos that you can incorporate into your lesson plans to explain common economic concepts using BLS data! It also has informational posters to print out and hang in your classroom and around the school. These posters feature the fastest growing occupations, employment growth and wages for various occupation groups, employment and earnings by educational attainment, and much more. We update these posters when we publish new data.
In Student’s Desk you can explore careers that relate to your interests and learn about the economic concepts BLS uses. You can also make your own data chart using our K-12 Chart Maker tool!
Test your knowledge of BLS concepts with our Games and Quizzes.
Feel free to contact us to learn more about the K-12 webpage or to send us your feedback.
Information specialists in the following offices are available to assist you:
The BLS Division of Information and Marketing Services disseminates BLS information to local businesses, government agencies, and the public. The division receives copies of all BLS publications, and staff are available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., ET, to answer a full range of questions regarding BLS data and information.
The Division of Information and Marketing Services offers the following services to the public:
BLS has seven regional information offices.
Regional information offices analyze and disseminate BLS data and help customers with questions about the application and use of those data. Although these offices specialize in the regional economy, they provide the full range of BLS national, regional, and local statistics and publications to all customers, including businesses, government agencies, and the public.
Regional information offices offer the following to the public:
Alabama – Florida – Georgia – Kentucky – Mississippi –North Carolina – South Carolina – TennesseeNew England (Boston)
Connecticut – Maine – Massachusetts – New Hampshire – Rhode Island – VermontMidwest (Chicago)
Illinois – Indiana – Iowa – Michigan – Minnesota – Nebraska – North Dakota – Ohio – South Dakota – WisconsinSouthwest (Dallas)
Arkansas – Colorado – Kansas – Louisiana – Missouri – Montana – New Mexico – Oklahoma – Texas Utah – Wyoming
Colorado – Kansas – Missouri – Montana – Utah – Wyoming
New Jersey – New York – Puerto Rico – U.S. Virgin IslandsMid-Atlantic (Philadelphia)
Delaware – District of Columbia – Maryland – Pennsylvania – Virginia – West VirginiaWest (San Francisco)
Alaska – Arizona – California – Hawaii – Idaho – Nevada – Oregon – Washington
States collect, analyze, and publish a variety of market information, much of it developed in cooperation with BLS. Please access the following URL for State labor market information contacts www.bls.gov/bls/ofolist.htm. States also publish data from the occupational safety and health programs developed in cooperation with BLS. Please access the following URL for State occupational safety and health data contacts www.bls.gov/iif/oshstate.htm .
Does BLS produce statistics on worker characteristics/demographics?
Comprehensive national information on the employment and unemployment experiences of the population
The CPS program is based on a monthly survey of over 60,000 households.
CPS provides employment data classified by age, gender, race, education, and a variety of other characteristics.
CPS provides detailed reports on subgroups such as displaced workers, working women with children, activities of recent high school graduates and dropouts, union members, and volunteers.
CPS publishes weekly and hourly earnings by occupation, industry, demographic group, full- or part-time employment status, and more.
American Time Use Survey Real Earnings, State Employment and Unemployment, County Employment and Wages, Employee Benefits in the US, Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment, Employee Tenure, Foreign Born Workers: Labor Force Characteristics
Demographic snapshots of groups of Americans, at various points in their lives
National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY79): most recent interview in 2016; young men and women ages 14 to 21 as of December 31, 1978
NLSY79 Child and Young Adult: most recent interview in 2016, birth onward; biological children of the female respondents of the NLSY79
National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 (NLSY97): most recent interview in 2017; young men and women ages 12 to 16 as of December 31, 1996