The Bureau of Labor Statistics - Capturing Data to Describe the World of Work

Author(s): Bureau of Labor Statistics

Organizational Author(s): U.S. Department of Labor

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making.  

As an independent statistical agency, BLS serves its diverse user communities by providing data products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant.

Overview of  BLS Statistics on Employment

Few economic datasets are as closely watched as those that measure employment levels. 

The BLS programs listed here provide national totals of the number of employed people, and statistics on subjects such as occupational employment and wages, labor demand and turnover, and the dynamic state of the labor market.

  • Current Employment Statistics (CES) Survey - A monthly survey of the payroll records of business establishments that provides data on employment, hours, and earnings of workers and estimates of employment, hours, and earnings for individual states and metropolitan areas.
  • Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) - A complete count of employment and wages, classified by industry, and based on quarterly reports filed by employers for over 7 million establishments subject to unemployment insurance laws. 

  • Employment Projections - Estimates of the labor market 10 years into the future ,and other career information.  
  • National Longitudinal Surveys - These surveys provide information about many aspects of the lives and labor market experiences of six groups of men and women at multiple points in time, some stretching over several decades.  
  • Business Employment Dynamics (BED) - Quarterly data series of gross job gains and gross job losses statistics, generated from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program.  
  • Employment Research - Employment Research staff initiates, plans, and directs activities for improving the quality and enhancing the analytical usefulness of BLS employment and unemployment statistics. 

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