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About the Monthly Labor Review

Established in 1915, the Monthly Labor Review (MLR) is the principal journal of fact, analysis, and research from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), an agency within the U.S. Department of Labor. Through MLR articles, economists, statisticians, and experts from BLS join with private sector professionals and federal, state, and local government specialists to provide a wealth of research in a wide variety of fields. Subjects include the labor force, the economy, employment, inflation, productivity, occupational injuries and illnesses, wages, prices, and more.

MLR (ISSN 1937-4658) articles are available in HTML and PDF formats. Articles include a summary, links to related articles, author information, related topics, links to related BLS programs, and a suggested citation. Suggested citations include a digital object identifier (DOI). A DOI is a unique alphanumeric string used to identify content and provide a persistent link to its location on the Internet. The International DOI Foundation assigns DOIs.

Communications on editorial matters should be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief, Monthly Labor Review, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20212.

The opinions, analysis, and conclusions put forth in MLR articles are solely the authors’ and do not necessarily reflect those of BLS or the Department of Labor.

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The following departments appear in the Monthly Labor Review with varying frequencies:

        • Book reviews analyze the merits of today's hottest books for the MLR audience.
        • Beyond BLS briefly summarizes articles, newsletter items, reports, working papers, etc., from the tremendous amount of information that passes across 
                  the MLR editors’ desks.
        • Flashback may present a subject of interest or a link to a historic MLR article on a relevant topic.
        • Letters to the editor provide an opportunity to learn about other readers’ opinions.

Our staff

Editor-in-Chief Executive Editor Managing Editor Editors
Michael D. Levi Emily Liddel Terry L. Schau Charlotte M. Irby
    Yavor Ivanchev  

Lawrence R. Klein Award

Each year since 1969, the Lawrence R. Klein Award has honored the best articles appearing in the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Monthly Labor Review. The award was established in honor of Lawrence R. Klein, who retired in 1968 after 22 years as editor-in-chief of the Review and established a fund to encourage articles that exhibit 

        • originality of ideas or methods on analysis,        
        • adhere to the principles of scientific inquiry, and 
        • are well written.

Past Lawrence R. Klein Award winners

Submitting articles to the Monthly Labor Review

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