The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) offers a wide range of data about employment and characteristics of the labor force.
The BLS created this brief Youtube presentation to convey the variety of data it can provide you in a very simple way. Please enjoy the video in the link included on this page.
The BLS issues frequent news releases and employment summaries to keep you up to date on the current state of the labor force.
The news releases summarize the results of surveys and data calculations conducted by BLS data programs, and can provide an overview of specific trends in the workforce.
BLS creates and distributes many products to help us understand the world of work and occupations in industries. This includes its Occupational Outlook Handbook, and a Periodic Table of STEM Occupations.
BLS offers a variety of tutorials on how to use their data products and their website, including a webinar on their most requested data series. The tutorials cover:
- Data retrieval tools,
- Handbooks, and
- Data profiles.
The BLS also has a schedule published to keep you informed of when their next data series will be issued with updated numbers. Stay up to date with the newest numbers from the datasets they offer.
See also the improved local area unemployment statistics (LAUS) mapping tool, and the BLS Local Data App.