U.S. Federal Document of July: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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U.S. Federal Document of the Month
July 2010

Title: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Agency: United States Department of Labor
URL: http://www.bls.gov/

Due to the financial circumstances of the times many people (researchers and the public) are paying attention to and investigating the economic condition of the United States. A very useful resources for this subject of study is July's U.S. Federal Document of the Month; the Bureau of Labor Statistic's website. Assigned to the Department of Labor since 1913, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the U.S. government's primary fact-finding agency in the matters of labor economics, especially in regards to the collection and analysis of data on employment, productivity, wages, work injuries, industrial relations, and living standards. BLS' goal is to produce impartial, timely, and accurate data relevant to the needs of its users on the social and economic conditions of the country, its workers, and their families.

Users can search for information under 8 subject headings: inflation& prices, spending & time use, unemployment, employment, pay & benefits, productivity, workplace injuries, and international. Also, information can be found by demographic characteristics such as age, gender, or race. There is a section dedicated to databases and tables where you can access statistical tables in pdf or text (without the accompanying narrative) and save the data in excel. Under the publications tab one can find the latest issue of BLS' journals, bulletins and reports. The homepage of the website has a feature called "Spotlight on Statistics," that focuses on different rotating topics like the employment situation of veterans, computer ownership, and price competiveness of U.S. exports. Furthermore, there is a map of the United States which shows all of BLS' regional offices. When you go to a specific office you can find data on a particular region at different geographic levels such as county, state, and metropolitan statistical area. So, when trying to keep up on the nation's financial situation, don't forget the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.