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Women veterans in the labor force
SPOTLIGHT ON STATISTICS

Women veterans in the labor force

In 2013, there were 2.2 million women veterans. This Spotlight examines the demographic, employment, and unemployment characteristics of women veterans.

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Mountain-Plains Export Highlights
IMPORT/EXPORT PRICE INDEXES

Mountain-Plains Export Highlights

Total exports for the Mountain-Plains region, which consists of Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming, were $53 billion in 2013.

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BLS statistics by occupation
SPOTLIGHT ON STATISTICS

BLS statistics by occupation

This Spotlight on Statistics provides an overview of occupational employment and wages in May 2013, with an emphasis on STEM jobs and occupational data by required entry-level education.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Trends in producer prices between electronic and brick-and-mortar retail establishments

This article compares the factors affecting changes in prices received by e-commerce and brick-and-mortar establishments for the sale of goods and services.

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Labor Force Characteristics by Race and Ethnicity
CURRENT POPULATION SURVEY

Labor Force Characteristics by Race and Ethnicity, 2013

Employment, unemployment, and earnings data for the major race and ethnicity groups—Whites, Blacks, Asians, and Hispanics.read more »

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Japan: Price Movements of Top Imports
IMPORT/EXPORT PRICE INDEXES

Japan: Price Movements of Top Imports

Japan was the fourth largest import trade partner for the United States in 2013. The price index for imports from Japan declined 3.4 percent between December 2012 and December 2013.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Restaurants help feed job growth after the recent employment downturn

This article examines recent trends in the leisure and hospitality industry and analyzes the concentrated distribution of job gains.

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BLS SPEAKERS AVAILABLE

BLS Speakers Available

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has experts available to provide informative presentations about the U.S. labor market and economy.

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW

Agriculture: occupational employment and wages

This study uses special tabulations of data collected as part of the Green Goods and Services Occupations survey to analyze employment and wages in the agricultural sector.

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HURRICANE ARTHUR

Hurricane Arthur maps and tables

Hurricane Arthur is expected to affect North Carolina. BLS maps and tables are available for areas in North Carolina that may be affected by this event.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS

How does consumer spending change during boom, recession, and recovery?

This article compares relative importances of CPI items based on data collected during periods characterized roughly as boom, recession, and recovery.

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW

Examining the completeness of occupational injury and illness data

This article examines the latest research to understand any undercount of workplace injuries and illnesses and identify solutions.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Shrimp disease in Asia resulting in high U.S. import prices

In 2013, consumers and businesses found themselves paying higher prices with less product available in supermarkets and restaurants.

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW

Comparing fatal work injuries in the United States and the European Union

This article uses workplace safety and health data to compare fatal work injury counts and rates in the United States and the European Union.

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Using Occupational Employment Statistics data during salary negotiations
Occupational Employment Statistics

Using Occupational Employment Statistics data during salary negotiations

Hourly and annual wage estimates are available for more than 800 occupations. read more »

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BLS REPORTS
County employment and wages

Hurricane flood zone maps and tables

BLS has released a set of maps and data for hurricane flood zones on the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts. Employment, wages, and establishment totals are available by flood zone.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS

How frequently do private businesses pay workers?

This article analyzes pay frequencies, or lengths of pay periods, that private businesses use in the United States.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS

What can labor productivity tell us about the U.S. economy?

This article focuses on labor productivity and the corresponding changes in output and labor hours data in the context of historical and business cycle periods.

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WOMEN WORKERS
WOMEN WORKERS

Women in the Labor Force: A Databook

This report presents historical and current labor force and earnings data for women from the Current Population Survey.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Examining trends in the nonresidential building construction producer price indexes

Nonresidential building construction price movements have loosely paralleled the overall health of the economy.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Americans' aging autos

This article examines data showing households continued to own the same number of vehicles over the last 10 years, but are owning their vehicles longer.

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BLS Commissioner
Commissioner's Corner

Introducing the new and improved BLS Commissioner's Corner

The Commissioner's Corner blog now has a brand new look and several new features and capabilities.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS

The impact of the falling yen on U.S. import prices

A falling yen means the purchasing power of the U.S. dollar increases for goods imported from Japan.

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW

One hundred years of price change: the Consumer Price Index and the American inflation experience

Breaking the 100-year period into subperiods, this article examines patterns and trends in price changes.

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Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities
Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities

Occupational Injuries and Illnesses: job-transfer or work-restriction cases

BLS conducted a pilot study about occupational injury and illness cases that resulted in days of job transfer or work restriction in 2012.

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High-income household spending and the economic recovery
SPOTLIGHT ON STATISTICS

High–income household spending and the economic recovery

This Spotlight on Statistics examines trends in income and expenditures during and after the 2007–2009 recession.

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BLS K-12 WEBSITE
BLS K-12 website

Introducing a new chart-making tool for students!

Our new K-12 Chart Maker tool offers students and teachers a fun way to create interactive line, column, and bar charts.

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW

The rise in women's share of nonfarm employment during the 2007-2009 recession: a historical perspective

Women's and men's employment during the recent recession in historical context.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Employer-sponsored benefits extended to domestic partners

This issue looks at the frequency with which health and defined-benefit plans are available to unmarried opposite-sex and same-sex domestic partners.

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BLS REPORTS
Consumer Expenditures

Consumer Expenditures in 2012

Consumer spending increased by 3.5 percent in 2012. This is the second consecutive year that expenditures increased after 3 consecutive years of declining expenditures.

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW

Investment in higher education by race and ethnicity

This article extends previous research on human capital and investment in education by examining the patterns of educational expenditures by race and ethnicity.

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Spotlight on Statistics
SPOTLIGHT ON STATISTICS

Nonfatal Injuries and Illnesses among State and Local Government Workers

Charts and analysis that compare injury and illness cases in state and local government with those in private industry.

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
EARNINGS

Characteristics of Minimum Wage Workers, 2013

In 2013, the 3.3 million workers with wages at or below the federal minimum made up 4.3 percent of all hourly paid workers.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Why does BLS provide both the CPI-W and CPI-U?

The CPI has two population groups: all urban consumers and urban wage earners and clerical workers.

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW

A cohort component analysis of the 2007–2009 recession

A model is used to assess where the economy would have been without the recession and compares results with actual data to see the impact of the recession on economic data.

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW

The Marcellus Shale gas boom in Pennsylvania: employment and wage trends

This article examines employment and wage trends in Pennsylvania's oil and natural gas industry.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Improvements to the Producer Price Index measure: the Final–Demand–Intermediate–Demand system

The transition from Stage of Processing to Final Demand–Intermediate Demand.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Measuring occupational concentration by industry

Some occupations are found in nearly every industry, while others are specific to one or only a few industries.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Persistence of a high unemployment rate in New York City during the recent recovery

This article examines the behavior of New York City’s unemployment rate from several perspectives.

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW

Fatal occupational injuries involving contractors

Similarities and differences between contractors and workers who are not contractors.

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW

Examination of state-level labor turnover survey data

The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey began in 1998; a similar program, the Labor Turnover Survey, existed from 1930 to 1981.

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW

The new Producer Price Index aggregation system

This article presents and analyzes limited historical data on the basis of the PPI Final Demand–Intermediate Demand system.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS

New education classification better reflects income and spending patterns in the Consumer Expenditure (CE) Survey

The CE Survey replaced the education of reference person classification with a new classification.

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW

Life, limbs, and licensing: occupational regulation, wages, and workplace safety of electricians, 1992–2007

Licensing of electricians grew significantly at the state level from 1992 to 2007

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The Editor's Desk
The Editor's Desk

Charting BLS data on The Editor's Desk

Fresh BLS data daily in charts, text, and tables on your computer, smartphone, tablet, or e-mail inbox.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS

The Spending Patterns of Families Receiving Means-tested Government Assistance

Government means-tested assistance programs provide cash and noncash benefits to many low-income families.

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW

Overview of projections to 2022

The Monthly Labor Review celebrates the release of labor force, macroeconomy, output, and employment projections for the 2012–2022 period.

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International Year of Statistics
SPOTLIGHT ON STATISTICS

2013: International Year of Statistics

This Spotlight presents selected BLS data and discusses how the statistics are produced and what they tell us about our economy.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS

The Consumer Price Index and the ‘median CPI’

Shortly after the publication of the CPI, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland publishes its ‘Median CPI’. This article summarizes the difference between these two measures.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Forty Years of the BLS Export and Import Price Indexes: trends and competition

BLS first began publication of export price indexes in 1971, followed 2 years later by import price indexes.

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW

Using OSHA inspection data to analyze respirator protection program compliance

This article looks at patterns of respirator protection program violations and identifies factors that affect the likelihood of noncompliance.

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW

An analysis of fatal occupational injuries at road construction sites, 2003–2010

Even as overall fatal workplace injuries decreased, fatal workplace injuries at road construction sites remained relatively constant.

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IMPORT/EXPORT PRICES
IMPORT/EXPORT PRICES

California: Price Movements of Top Exports and Other Highlights

Computer and electronic product manufacturing was California's largest export in 2012, ranking second in the United States.

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International Year of Statistics
International Year of Statistics

Symposium of U.S. Statistical Agencies

The U.S. statistical agencies are hosting a symposium November 13–14 to highlight federal statistics and statistical careers.

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Labor Force Characteristics by
Race and Ethnicity, 2012
CURRENT POPULATION SURVEY

Labor Force Characteristics by Race and Ethnicity, 2012

Employment, unemployment, and earnings data for the major race and ethnicity groups—Whites, Blacks, Asians, and Hispanics.

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Highlights of Women’s Earnings in 2012
CURRENT POPULATION SURVEY

Highlights of Women's Earnings in 2012

On average, women earned about 81 percent of what men earned; among workers who were 25 to 34 years old, 90 percent.

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NATIONAL LONGITUDINAL SURVEYS
NATIONAL LONGITUDINAL SURVEYS

Marriage and divorce: patterns by gender, race, and educational attainment

About 85 percent of young baby boomers (people born during the 1957-1964 period) married by age 46.

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Employee benefits for domestic partners
National Compensation Survey

Employee benefits for domestic partners

Nearly half of private industry employees with access to a defined benefit retirement plan had a plan that provides survivor benefits to same-sex domestic partners.read more »

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW

Scheduled passenger air transportation in the PPI: improvements and trends

A new average-pricing approach enables the PPI for scheduled passenger air transportation to better capture true airline pricing behavior.

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BLS K-12 WEBSITE
BLS K-12 WEBSITE

Expanded K12 content!

Introducing our new K12 content, with resources for students and educators including classroom activities, games, and more.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Measures of gasoline price change

Gasoline makes up less than 6 percent of the CPI but is often the main source of price movements in the all items index.

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities

Workplace homicides

In 2012, 375 workers were killed in shootings while on the job.

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW

Recent trends in spending patterns of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants and other low-income Americans

This article examines spending on food by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants.

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW

Research highlights of the Consumer Expenditure Survey redesign

This article describes research highlights of the ongoing redesign of the Consumer Expenditure Survey and discusses the next steps for the survey.

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Tenure of American Workers
SPOTLIGHT ON STATISTICS

Tenure of American Workers

This Spotlight examines trends in employee tenure by various demographic and socioeconomic characteristics over the period of 1996 to 2012.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Death on the job: fatal work injuries in 2011

In the United States, an average of 13 workers die every day from injuries incurred on the job.

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW

Wage estimates by job characteristic: NCS and OES program data

Wage estimates from two surveys provide more extensive information.

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BLS DATA FINDER
BLS Public Data API

Introducing the BLS Public Data API

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has a wealth of information and statistics within its databases that frequent visitors to the BLS website may wish to access through external programs and applications. read more »

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Long-term unemployment over men’s careers

This analysis covers the mid-1980s through 2009, focusing on men’s employment histories from their mid-20s until their middle to late 40s and early 50s.

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW

The relationship between the housing and labor market crises and doubling up: an MSA-level analysis, 2005–2011

Doubling up and cohabitation increased and homeownership fell in recent years.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Highlights of the 2013 PPI User Survey

The typical user of PPI data is a manager in a business who uses the PPI as a general indicator of inflation and for price trend analysis.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS

The reemergence of the United States as a global petroleum producer

In 2013, domestic production of petroleum in the United States surpassed imports for the first time since 1997.

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW

The hockey lockout of 2012–2013

Although less severe than the disruption of 2004–2005, the hockey lockout of 2012–2013 resulted in the cancellation of 60 percent of regular-season games.

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW

The Monthly Labor Review gets a new look

The Monthly Labor Review enters its 99th year with a sleek new design and an eye to the future.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Why are there revisions to the jobs numbers?

This article explains the data collection process that BLS conducts every month to produce the estimate of U.S. employment change.

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International Price Program
International Price Program

China: Price Movements of Top Imports and Other Highlights

Imports from China exceeded $425 billion in 2012, ranking first among U.S. import trade partners. read more »

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K12
BLS K-12 Website

Changes coming soon to the BLS K-12 site

Attention students and teachers: BLS has something new for you! We are expanding the content offered on our K-12 site.

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW

Workplace hazards of local government firefighters

Compared to all workers, the risk of fatal injuries to firefighters is 25.7 percent higher and the risk of nonfatal injuries and illnesses is over two times greater.

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW

High-employment-growth firms: defining and counting them

Many high-growth firms are the youngest and the smallest firms, but much of the job creation attributable to high-growth firms comes from older firms.

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW

Changes coming to the Monthly Labor Review

Get a sneak preview of the new look for the Monthly Labor Review.

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW

The relationship between job characteristics and retirement savings in defined contribution plans during the recession

The landscape of U.S. employer-sponsored pensions has undergone substantial changes over recent decades.

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IMPORT/EXPORT PRICES
IMPORT/EXPORT PRICES

Louisiana & Texas: Price movements of top energy exports and other highlights

Fuel and energy exports for Texas and Louisiana accounted for over $87 billion in 2012. read more »

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Compensation highlights in trade, transportation, and utilities industries

This issue takes a look at wages and employee benefits for workers in the trade, transportation, and utilities industries.

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BLS DATA FINDER
BLS BETA LABS

BLS Data Finder Features

Data Finder allows users to search across multiple datasets and extract specific data by using keywords or by filtering through multiple categories such as topics and measures. read more »

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Spending on pets: "Tails" from the Consumer Expenditure Survey

In 2011, Americans spent approximately $61.4 billion in total on their pets. This article examines trends in consumer spending on pets.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Owners' equivalent rent and the Consumer Price Index: 30 years and counting

In 1981, BLS announced that homeowner costs in the CPI-U would convert to a rental equivalence measure.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS

The effects of shale gas production on natural gas prices

Since 2007, the Producer Price Index for natural gas has exhibited marked volatility.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Growing demand for fertilizer keeps prices high

Steadily growing global demand for grain crops has generated higher crop prices and increased demand for fertilizers, particularly imported fertilizers.

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Spotlight on International Labor Comparisons
SPOTLIGHT ON STATISTICS

International Labor Comparisons

This Spotlight compares output, unemployment, compensation, productivity, consumer prices, and other measures around the world.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Employment and wage changes in oil-producing counties in the Bakken Formation, 2007—2011

This article examines employment and wages in counties in North Dakota and Montana with wells producing oil from the Bakken Formation.

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INJURIES, ILLNESSES, AND FATALITIES
INJURIES, ILLNESSES, AND FATALITIES

New Occupational Safety and Health Statistics

New data series available on fatal injuries among contractors and nonfatal injuries resulting in job transfer or restriction.

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SURVEY METHODS RESEARCH
SURVEY METHODS RESEARCH

International Year of Statistics 2013

The Bureau of Labor Statistics and over 1,400 organizations in 111 countries are promoting the use and understanding of statistical methodologies as part of the International Year of Statistics 2013 initiative.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Retirement and medical benefits: Who has both?

The study finds notable differences in the patterns of access to medical and retirement benefits among the various worker groups.

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CURRENT POPULATION SURVEY
CURRENT POPULATION SURVEY

A Profile of the Working Poor

This report presents data on the relationship between labor force activity and poverty status in 2011 for workers and their families.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Reduce, reuse, recycle: green technologies and practices at work

Information on use of multiple Green Technologies and Practices.

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Import/Export Prices
Import/Export Prices

Texas Export Highlights

Over the past three months, export prices for chemical manufacturing, Texas’s top nonenergy export industry, rose 0.8 percent.

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SPOTLIGHT ON STATISTICS
SPOTLIGHT ON STATISTICS

Industry labor productivity trends from 2000 to 2010

This Spotlight examines labor productivity trends from 2000 through 2010 for selected industries and sectors within the nonfarm business sector of the U.S. economy.

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW

Recent college graduates in the U.S. labor force

An annual snapshot of the demographics, labor force activity, and school enrollment of recent college graduates.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Average Food Prices: a snapshot of how much has changed over a century

This article summarizes some average food prices over the last century.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Gold prices during and after the Great Recession

Between 2008 and 2012, the value of gold increased, evidenced by a surge in the Producer Price Index for gold.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Patterns of homeownership, delinquency, and foreclosure among youngest baby boomers

This article shows the patterns of homeownership over a 20-year period, from 1988 through 2008.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Coal: A key player in expanded U.S. energy exports

In 2011, the United States exported more than $16 billion worth of coal, while importing only slightly less than $3 billion in coal.

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Green Jobs
Green Jobs

Careers in Biofuels

Alternative fuels, such as biofuels, can reduce the use of oil-based fuels and can be more environmentally friendly.

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CURRENT EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
CURRENT EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

Current Employment Statistics (CES) Highlights

CES Highlights features charts and analysis on the monthly nonfarm payroll employment numbers.

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW

Special issue: Green Jobs

This special issue features analyses from BLS surveys on Green Jobs.

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SPOTLIGHT ON STATISTICS
SPOTLIGHT ON STATISTICS

Media and Information

This Spotlight features a broad array of BLS information on various aspects of the media.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Injuries, illnesses, and fatal injuries in mining in 2010

In total, there were 172 fatal work injuries in the mining industry during 2010.

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW

The last private industry pension plans: a visual essay

In 2011, only 10 percent of all private sector establishments provided defined benefit plans, covering 18 percent of private industry employees.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Retirement costs for defined benefit plans higher than for defined contribution plans

This issue of Beyond the Numbers focuses on private industry employer retirement plan costs.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Travel expenditures, 2005–2011: spending slows during recent recession

Travel expenditures declined sharply in the recent recession and had not recovered by 2011.

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THE EDITOR'S DESK
THE EDITOR'S DESK

Charting your way to BLS data

The newly redesigned TED continues to present highlights from a variety of BLS publications. Each TED article includes a chart and links to further information.

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SPOTLIGHT ON STATISTICS
SPOTLIGHT ON STATISTICS

Hurricane Sandy: A Pre-storm Look at Affected Areas

This Spotlight on Statistics provides a brief look at the pre-Sandy labor market in some of the areas of the United States hit hardest by the storm.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Writing an escalation contract using the Consumer Price Index

This article can help those who use the CPI to write escalation clauses to create a more comprehensive contract.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Will the 2012 drought have a bigger impact on grocery prices than the 1988 drought?

In the summer of 2012, the United States experienced its worst drought since the 1980s.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Impact of the drought on corn exports: paying the price

In the summer of 2012, weather conditions caused the most severe drought the United States has seen since the 1950s. This article discusses the impact of that drought on U.S. corn exports.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Employment and wages in community and social service occupations

There were 1.9 million community and social service occupations jobs in 2011.

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CURRENT POPULATION SURVEY
CURRENT POPULATION SURVEY

Highlights of Women's Earnings in 2011

Women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly earnings of $684.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS

A comparison of 25 years of consumer expenditures by homeowners and renters

This article uses data from the Consumer Expenditure Survey to compare expenditures of homeowners with those of renters.

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GREEN JOBS
Green Jobs

Careers in Geothermal Energy

Geothermal power uses heat generated by the Earth's core to provide energy. This article provides information on various career opportunities in geothermal energy.

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GREEN JOBS
Green Jobs

Careers in Environmental Remediation

Environmental professionals use a number of technologies to clean up polluted sites, a process known as environmental remediation.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS

A comparison of college attendance and high school coursework among youth

This article examines how the relationship between high school courses and college attendance has changed.

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INTERNATIONAL LABOR COMPARISONS
INTERNATIONAL LABOR COMPARISONS

Charting International Labor Comparisons

Labor market and other national economic measurements compared across countries.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Who has benefits in private industry in 2012?

Health, retirement, and paid leave benefits made up more than three-fifths of private industry employer-provided benefit costs in March 2012.

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SPOTLIGHT ON STATISTICS
SPOTLIGHT ON STATISTICS

National Hispanic Heritage Month

This Spotlight presents BLS data about the Hispanic or Latino labor force.

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American Time Use Survey
American Time Use Survey

Eldercare in 2011

In 2011, an estimated 39.8 million people in the United States were eldercare providers.

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DEMOGRAPHICS
DEMOGRAPHICS

Labor Force Characteristics by Race and Ethnicity, 2011

This report describes the labor force characteristics and earnings patterns among race and ethnicity groups.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Facts of the catch: occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities to fishing workers, 2003-2009

Fishers and related fishing workers deal with a set of working conditions unique among all other occupations.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS

How parents use time and money

This article examines weekday resource allocation decisions of married couples with a husband employed full time and with children under 18.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Atlanta's thriving air transportation industry: employment and wages, 1990–2010

Air transportation's share of total employment is more than 6 times greater in Fulton County than it is in the United States.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Wholesale and retail Producer Price Indexes: margin prices

This article explains the rationale behind measuring trade sector output using PPI margin indexes and how margin PPIs should be interpreted.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS

New locality of origin import price indexes by industry sector

BLS has expanded the existing import price indexes by locality of origin to include more detail below the “all import” level of aggregation.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS

An overview of U.S. occupational employment and wages in 2011

In May 2011, a substantial share of U.S. employment was concentrated in a relatively small number of occupations.

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Import/Export Prices
Import/Export Prices

Georgia Export Highlights

Georgia exports exceeded 34.7 billion dollars in 2011, ranking 12th among U.S. states.

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BLS IS NOW ON TWITTER
BLS is now on Twitter

Follow BLS on Twitter

The latest news releases are available on the BLS Twitter feed.

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Beyond the Numbers
Beyond the Numbers

How have health benefits changed in state and local governments from 1998 to 2011?

Health insurance coverage for state and local government employees has undergone significant changes over the past decade.

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SPOTLIGHT ON STATISTICS
Spotlight on Statistics

Fashion

This Spotlight presents BLS data on the design, manufacture, and sale of clothing, shoes, and accessories.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
Beyond the Numbers

Employment, college enrollment, and training of young male veterans and nonveterans during the recent recession?

This article focuses on employment, education, and training of young male veterans and nonveterans.

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Monthly Labor Review
Monthly Labor Review

Older men: pushed into retirement in the 1970s and 1980s by the baby boomers?

Older workers and short-term jobs, Measuring annual change in household wealth, and Multiple jobholding.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
Beyond the Numbers

Energy prices jump while food prices show modest increases

This summary compares price changes in the CPI for detailed categories of goods and services over the first quarter of 2012 with those in 2011.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
Beyond the Numbers

How new fees are affecting the Producer Price Index for air travel

Airlines recently have expanded the number of services for which they charge fees.

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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
Beyond the Numbers

International Air Passenger Fares Shrug Off the Recession

Passenger fares for flights to and from the United States recently experienced a strong recovery after recording large decreases.

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ISSUES IN LABOR STATISTICS
Issues in Labor Statistics

Young adult employment during the recent recession

This article focuses on the impact of the recent recession on the labor market experience of younger workers (24-and 25-year-olds).

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PROGRAM PERSPECTIVES
Program Perspectives

Legally Required Benefit Costs

Presents BLS data and details on legally required employee benefits; Social Security and Medicare, Federal and State unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation.

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Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries
Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries

Workers’ Memorial Day

Recognized each year on April 28, Workers’ Memorial Day is a day to remember workers who were killed, injured, or made ill at work and to highlight the hazards in the workplace.

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NATIONAL COMPENSATION SURVEY
NATIONAL COMPENSATION SURVEY

Health Plan Provisions in State and Local Government in the United States, 2011

The National Compensation Survey (NCS) provides comprehensive measures of compensation cost trends, the incidence of benefits, and detailed benefit provisions.

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MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW
MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW

Job search of the unemployed by duration of unemployment

BLS created measures of the number of weeks the jobless took to find work or quit looking and leave the labor force.

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BLS BETA LABS
BLS BETA LABS

Beyond the Numbers

In May 2012, BLS will introduce a new publication that will consolidate all BLS summary analytic writing into a cohesive conceptual and visual bundle.

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Occupational Outlook Handbook
Occupational Outlook Handbook

2012–13 Occupational Outlook Handbook

The redesigned OOH includes several new features to make it more visually appealing and easier for users to find what they are looking for.

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Focus on Prices and Spending
Focus on Prices and Spending

How do U.S. Expenditures Compare with those of Other Countries?

Consumers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Japan allocated different shares of total spending to categories such as food, housing, and transportation in 2009.

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Monthly Labor Review
Monthly Labor Review

Changes in Federal and State unemployment insurance legislation in 2011

There were two federal legislative enactments that affected the Federal–State Unemployment Compensation Program.

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Monthly Labor Review
Monthly Labor Review

On Guard Against Workplace Hazards

Security guards face a variety of workplace hazards that can lead to injury, illness, or death.

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Fact Sheet
Fact Sheet

Workplace Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities to Women of Hispanic or Latino Ethnicity

This fact sheet highlights fatal and nonfatal injuries and illnesses incurred by Hispanic or Latino women from 2005 through 2009.

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Population Adjustments
Population Adjustments

Adjustments to the Current Population Survey

Learn more about how population adjustments impact the data from the Current Population Survey

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Focus on Prices and Spending
Focus on Prices and Spending

Experimental Consumer Price Index for Older Americans (CPI-E)

BLS calculates an experimental CPI by using households whose reference person or spouse is 62 years of age or older, commonly called the CPI for the elderly, or CPI-E.

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Focus on Prices and Spending
Focus on Prices and Spending

Current Price Topics: The 2012 PPI Weight Update: How and why does BLS update revenue weights?

With the release of January 2012 Producer Price Index, the PPI will begin using 2007 value-of-shipments (VOS) data as the weight basis for the PPI.

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Focus on Prices and Spending
Focus on Prices and Spending

Rollercoaster Year for Export Agriculture Prices

U.S. agricultural exports had a volatile year in 2011. Agricultural goods prices sharply declined during the final half of the year, after having increased during the first six months of the year.

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Spotlight on Statistics
Spotlight on Statistics

The Recession of 2007–2009

The most recent recession began in December 2007 and ended in June 2009. This Spotlight presents BLS data that compare the recent recession to previous recessions.

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Program Perspectives
Program Perspectives

Health Benefit Costs by Wage Category

Presents BLS data on participation rates, the share of premiums paid by employers, and average monthly employer and employee medical care premium contributions.

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Focus on Prices and Spending
Focus on Prices and Spending

Consumer Spending in 2010

On the basis of data from the Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE), consumers spent less in 2010, compared with 2009, on almost all major components of the household budget.

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Women Workers
Women Workers

Women in the Labor Force: A Databook

This report presents historical and current labor force and earnings data for women from the Current Population Survey (CPS).

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Focus on Prices and Spending
Focus on Prices and Spending

Technology in Commodity Markets

The emergence of electronic trading has served to exacerbate the level of volatility in commodity prices, as seen in some Producer Price Indexes.

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Focus on Prices and Spending
Focus on Prices and Spending

The Impact of the Earthquake in Japan on U.S. Imports

The economic impact on Japanese export trade to the United States.

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Regional Reports
Regional Reports

High-tech industries in Massachusetts

This report examines general employment and wage trends within the specific industries that compose the high-tech sector in Massachusetts, beginning in 2001.

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Focus on Prices and Spending
Focus on Prices and Spending

A Comparison of the CPI-U and the C-CPI-U

The C-CPI-U is designed to be a closer approximation to a cost-of-living index than the CPI-U.

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Spotlight on Statistics
Spotlight on Statistics

Automobiles

Data on employment within the motor vehicle industry, motor vehicle-related consumer expenditures, injuries experienced by those who work on motor vehicles, and more.

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Occupations
Occupations

Chart book: Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

This chart book includes graphs, maps, tables, and text describing the U.S. occupational workforce in May 2010.

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Employee Benefits
Employee Benefits

Employee Benefits in the United States

Presents BLS data on the incidence and key provisions of employee benefit plans for civilian, private industry, and state and local government workers.

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Demographics
Demographics

Labor Force Characteristics by Race and Ethnicity, 2010

Unemployment rates among major race and ethnicity groups remained high in 2010 as the economy continued to slowly recover from the recession.

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Green Jobs
Green Jobs

Careers in Recycling

This report provides information on how recycling works and on various career opportunities related to collecting and processing recyclable materials.

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Green Jobs
Green Jobs

Careers in Electric Vehicles

This report provides information on careers in the production and maintenance of electric vehicles including hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and all-electric vehicles.

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Employee Benefits
Employee Benefits

Health and Retirement Plan Provisions in Private Industry

Presents BLS data on detailed provisions of employer-provided health, defined benefit, and defined contribution plans in private industry.

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Focus on Prices and Spending
Focus on Prices and Spending

Part D Prescription Drug Coverage and Health Care Spending by Seniors on Medicare

Out-of-pocket health care spending by Medicare households before and after Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage.

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Focus on Prices and Spending
Focus on Prices and Spending

Measuring U.S. Inflation Using European Methods

This article examines Eurostat’s Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) and U.S. prices.

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Program Perspectives on Outpatient Prescription Drug Coverage
Program Perspectives

Outpatient Prescription Drug Coverage

Presents BLS data on outpatient prescription drug coverage, including access and participation rates plus coverage trends for private industry workers.

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Charting International Labor Comparisons
International Labor Comparisons

Charting International Labor Comparisons

Labor market and other national economic measurements compared across countries.

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Focus on Prices and Spending: The Impact of Fuel Surcharges on the PPI
Focus on Prices and Spending

The Impact of Fuel Surcharges on the Producer Price Index (PPI)

This article examines how rising fuel costs effect all segments of the United States economy.

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Focus on Prices and Spending: The Impact of Soaring Cotton Prices on Consumer Apparel Prices
Focus on Prices and Spending

The Impact of Soaring Cotton Prices on Consumer Apparel Prices

This article examines the impact of rising cotton prices on clothing and apparel prices for U.S. consumers.

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New Geographic Home Page
New Geographic Home Page

Want to find data for an area?

We've made it easy for you. Visit our new home page for all regional releases.

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Spotlight on Statistics: School's Out
Spotlight on Statistics

School's Out

What do millions of youth do during the summer? Which industries grow, and which shrink?

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Green Jobs
Green Jobs

Careers in Green Construction

Green construction involves erecting buildings that are environmentally responsible. This article provides information on careers in green construction.

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Program Perspectives on Defined-Contribution Plan Investment Choices
Program Perspectives

Defined-Contribution Plan Investment Choices

Presents BLS data on commonly found investment options in savings and thrift (e.g. 401(k)) retirement plans for private industry workers.

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Upcoming Changes to the BLS Email Subscription Service
BLS Email Subscription Service

Upcoming Changes to the BLS Email Subscription Service

Visitors can subscribe to an expanded list of BLS national economic releases with an improved layout, better organization, and enhanced security.

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Green Jobs
Green Jobs

Careers in Solar Power

Sunlight is the most abundant source of potential energy on the planet. This article provides information on careers in solar power.

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Occupational Outlook Handbook: The Occupational Outlook Handbook is Getting a Face-lift
Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook is Getting a Face-lift

Preview the new look.

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Monthly Labor Review: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Occupations: A Visual Essay
Monthly Labor Review

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Occupations: A Visual Essay

Explore occupations that play a role in expanding scientific frontiers and generating technological progress.

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How Long Before the Unemployed Find Jobs or Quit Looking?
Issues in Labor Statistics

How Long Before the Unemployed Find Jobs or Quit Looking?

This report presents estimates of the length of time someone is unemployed before finding a job or giving up searching for work.

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Focus on Prices and Spending: Differences between the CPI and the Personal Consumption Expenditures Price Index
Focus on Prices and Spending

Differences between the CPI and the Personal Consumption Expenditures Price Index

This article examines how these two indexes are constructed and behave over time.

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Focus on Prices and Spending: Grain Prices and Our Grocery Bill
Focus on Prices and Spending

Grain Prices and Our Grocery Bill

This article examines how rising grain prices can mean higher prices at the grocery store.

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Focus on Prices and Spending: U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes and the Terms of Trade
Focus on Prices and Spending

U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes and the Terms of Trade

An examination of one method for measuring gains from trade: the terms of trade index—the ratio of the price index of a country's exports to the price index of its imports.

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Program Perspectives on High Deductible Health Plans
Program Perspectives

High Deductible Health Plans

Program Perspectives on high deductible health plans, including participation and comparisons with traditional plans. Health savings accounts, often used in combination with high deductible health plans, are also highlighted in this issue.

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Monthly Labor Review: The 200709 Recession and Employment
Monthly Labor Review

The 2007–09 Recession and Employment

This issue takes an in-depth look at the 2007-09 recession by industry using Current Employment Statistics data.

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BLS Mobile Service
BLS Mobile Service

BLS Mobile Homepage

In our never-ending quest to provide the public with the latest labor economics and statistics data no matter where they are, we are introducing a mobile version of the BLS homepage.

More about the BLS Mobile Homepage.
A Profile of the Working Poor, 2009
A Profile of the Working Poor

A Profile of the Working Poor, 2009

In 2009, about 43.6 million people, or 14.3 percent of the Nation’s population, lived at or below the official poverty level.

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Program Perspectives on Defined Contribution Plans
Program Perspectives

Defined Contribution Plans

Program Perspectives on highlights of six types of defined contribution plans, providing BLS data on participation by type of plan and method of contribution.

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Focus on Prices and Spending: How Consumers Used the 2009 Economic Recovery Payments of $250
Focus on Prices and Spending

How Consumers Used the 2009 Economic Recovery Payments of $250

Did recipients spend, save, or pay off debt?

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Program Perspectives on Sick Leave and Disability Benefit Combinations
Program Perspectives

Sick Leave and Disability Benefit Combinations

Program Perspectives on Sick Leave and Disability Benefit Combinations presents BLS data on sick leave and disability benefit combinations, showing the full level of coverage that an employee receives.

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Spotlight on Statistics: Women at Work
Spotlight on Statistics

Women at Work

Data on the past, present, and future of women in the workforce, women’s earnings and education, time use, spending, and more.

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Focus on Prices and Spending: The So-called Core CPI
Focus on Prices and Spending

The So-called "Core" CPI

The CPI for all items less food and energy: its history, and a look at its behavior relative to other official CPI indexes.

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Focus on Prices and Spending: PPI Introduces Experimental Aggregation System
Focus on Prices and Spending

PPI Introduces Experimental Aggregation System

To expand the scope of coverage for the Producer Price Index, BLS recently developed an experimental aggregation system.

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Focus on Prices and Spending: U.S. Export Prices Up as World Grain Stockpiles Decline
Focus on Prices and Spending

U.S. Export Prices Up as World Grain Stockpiles Decline

How did rising grain prices in 2010 affect agricultural exports?

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Program Perspectives on Local and State Government Benefits
Program Perspectives

Local and State Government Benefits

Program Perspectives on Local and State Government Benefits presents BLS data on State and local government benefits, including access data on retirement, health care, and paid leave by government sector.

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Top Searches on the BLS Website
The Editor´s Desk

Top Searches on the BLS Website

Top Searches on the BLS Website presents the terms most often used to search the BLS website.

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Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Summary Charts, 2009

Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Summary Charts, 2009

Nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses among private industry employers in 2009 declined to 3.6 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers from 3.9 cases in 2008.

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Monthly Labor Review: The U.S. Housing Bubble and Bust: Impacts on Employment
Monthly Labor Review

The U.S. Housing Bubble and Bust: Impacts on Employment

Employment Projections Program data are used to estimate employment impacts due to the recent housing market cycle.

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Program Perspectives on Life and Disability Insurance Benefits
Program Perspectives

Life and Disability Insurance Benefits

Program Perspectives on Life and Disability Insurance Benefits presents BLS data on life insurance, short-term disability, and long-term disability plans, including access and participation rates for private industry and state and local government workers.

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Sizing Up the 200709 Recession: Comparing Two Key Labor Market Indicators With Earlier Downturns
Issues in Labor Statistics

Sizing Up the 2007–09 Recession: Comparing Two Key Labor Market Indicators With Earlier Downturns

Highlights the severity of the recent recession in the labor market by comparing changes in two key labor market indicators across past downturns.

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Focus on Prices and Spending: Household Energy Spending
Focus on Prices and Spending

Household Energy Spending

This report compares spending on selected household energy items as measured by the BLS Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) and by the Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS).

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Spotlight on Statistics: Food for Thought
Spotlight on Statistics

Food for Thought

This Spotlight uses BLS data to provide insight into the wonderful world of food.

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Focus on Prices and Spending: The Use of the CPI in Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs)
Focus on Prices and Spending

The Use of the CPI in Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs)

Social Security cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) are tied to changes in the Consumer Price Index.

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Program Perspectives on Defined Contribution Plans
Program Perspectives

Defined Contribution Plans

Program Perspectives on Defined Contribution Plans presents BLS data on defined contribution retirement plans, including access and participation rates for private industry and state and local government workers.

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Ranks of Those Unemployed for a Year or More Up Sharply
Issues in Labor Statistics

Ranks of Those Unemployed for a Year or More Up Sharply

The number of long-term unemployed has increased sharply.

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World Statistics Day
World Statistics Day

BLS Celebrates World Statistics Day!

The Bureau of Labor Statistics joins with the international statistical community in celebrating World Statistics Day.

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Program Perspectives on Fee-For-Service Plans
Program Perspectives

Fee-For-Service Plans

Program Perspectives on Fee-For Service Plans presents BLS data on fee-for-service medical plans.

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Green Jobs: Careers in Wind Energy
Green Jobs

Careers in Wind Energy

As the wind energy industry grows, it will provide new career opportunities for workers. This article provides information on careers in wind energy.

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Career Information - en Español!: Spanish OOH
Career Information - en Español!

Spanish OOH

BLS releases career information for over 100 occupations, plus tips for crafting résumés, applications, and cover letters -- in Spanish!

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Spotlight on Statistics: Back to College
Spotlight on Statistics

Back to College

Headed back to college? See what data BLS has about college students, graduates and employees.

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Focus on Prices and Spending: Health Care Spending: 1998, 2003, and 2008
Focus on Prices and Spending

Health Care Spending: 1998, 2003, and 2008

How have rising health care costs affected household budgets?

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Focus on Prices and Spending: Consumer Prices: The Use of the CPI in Adjusting Federal Income Tax Brackets
Focus on Prices and Spending

Consumer Prices: The Use of the CPI in Adjusting Federal Income Tax Brackets

Federal income tax brackets and personal exemption and standard deduction amounts are adjusted each year with CPI data.

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Focus on Prices and Spending: Producer Price Indexes: PPI Industry or Commodity Data: Which Better Suits Your Needs?
Focus on Prices and Spending

Producer Price Indexes: PPI Industry or Commodity Data: Which Better Suits Your Needs?

This article examines the differences between industry- and commodity-based PPI data.

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Focus on Prices and Spending: China's Exchange Rate Policy Reflected in U.S. Import Prices
Focus on Prices and Spending

China´s Exchange Rate Policy Reflected in U.S. Import Prices

The competitiveness of imports and exports is affected by foreign currency fluctuations.

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Illness-related Work Absences During Flu Season
Issues in Labor Statistics

Illness-related Work Absences During Flu Season

During flu season, workers who come down with the flu or have a sick family member often must deal with interruptions in their regular work schedules.

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Spotlight on Statistics: Travel
Spotlight on Statistics

Travel

This Spotlight presents data on travel-related expenditures, overall employment within the leisure and hospitality industry, as well as employment and earnings of various travel-related occupations.

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Program Perspectives on Combined Benefit Plans
Program Perspectives

Combined Benefit Plans

Program Perspectives on Combined Benefit Plans (PDF) New data series highlights employee access to medical care and retirement benefits.

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Long-term Unemployment Experience of the Jobless
Issues in Labor Statistics

Long-term Unemployment Experience of the Jobless

By the end of 2009, the proportion of the unemployed who had been jobless for 27 weeks or longer was the highest on record, with data back to 1948.

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New Data Access Tool
New Data Access Tool

Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) State and County Map Application

Explore a new mapping tool that provides access to employment and wage data at the National, State and county levels.

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Fact Sheet: Gulf Coast Leisure and Hospitality and Oil and Gas Industries
Fact Sheet

Gulf Coast Leisure and Hospitality and Oil and Gas Industries

From the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages: Gulf oil and gas drilling employment and Gulf Coast Leisure and Hospitality Employment and Wages

Spotlight on Statistics: Employment Situation of Veterans
Spotlight on Statistics

Employment Situation of Veterans

In honor of those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, this Spotlight presents information about the employment situation of veterans.

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Focus on Prices and Spending: Consumer Expenditure Survey: Computer Ownership
Focus on Prices and Spending

Consumer Expenditure Survey: Computer Ownership

This issue of a new publication series examines the extent of computer ownership by American households.

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Focus on Prices and Spending: Consumer Prices: The Use of CPI in Poverty Measurement
Focus on Prices and Spending

Consumer Prices: The Use of CPI in Poverty Measurement

This issue of a new series reviews the use of the CPI in poverty measurement and current U.S. consumer price trends.

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Focus on Prices and Spending: Producer Price Indexes: Intermediate Materials Continue their Advance
Focus on Prices and Spending

Producer Price Indexes: Intermediate Materials Continue their Advance

This issue of a new series examines producer price trends in the first quarter of 2010.

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Focus on Prices and Spending: The Price Competitiveness of U.S. Exports
Focus on Prices and Spending

The Price Competitiveness of U.S. Exports

The first issue of a new series analyzes the price competitiveness of U.S. exports and reviews current U.S. import and export price trends.

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Fact Sheet: Oil and Gas Industry
Fact Sheet

Oil and Gas Industry

These fact sheets highlight injuries and employment in the oil and gas industry:


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Chartbook: International Labor Comparisons
Chartbook

International Labor Comparisons

The chartbook is a gateway to explore how key labor market and other national economic measurements compare across countries.

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Chartbook: Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2008
Chartbook

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2008

The chartbook includes graphs, maps, tables, and text describing the U.S. occupational workforce in May 2008.

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Fact Sheet: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities in the Coal Mining Industry
Fact Sheet

Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities in the Coal Mining Industry

Employees in coal mining are more likely to be killed or to incur a non-fatal injury or illness than workers in private industry.

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Program Perspectives on Frozen Defined-Benefit Plans
Program Perspectives

Frozen Defined-Benefit Plans

Program Perspectives on Frozen Defined-Benefit Plans presents BLS data on the frequency, accrual of benefits, and alternatives to frozen defined-benefit plans as well as the length of time since the plans were frozen.

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Issues in Labor Statistics: Record Unemployment Among Older Workers Does Not Keep Them Out of the Job Market
Issues in Labor Statistics

Record Unemployment Among Older Workers Does Not Keep Them Out of the Job Market

The labor force participation rate for persons aged 55 years and older rose during much of the recession.

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Issues in Labor Statistics: Job Availability During a Recession: An Examination of the Number of Unemployed Persons Per Job Opening
Issues in Labor Statistics

Job Availability During a Recession: An Examination of the Number of Unemployed Persons Per Job Opening

The ratio of unemployed persons per job opening increased to a high of 6.2 unemployed persons per job opening in November 2009.

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International Labor Comparisons
International Labor Comparisons

Two new chart pages from International Labor Comparisons:

Comparisons of Annual Labor Force Statistics
Comparisons of Manufacturing Productivity and Unit Labor Cost Trends
Issues in Labor Statistics: All Firm Sizes Hit Hard During the Current Recession
Issues in Labor Statistics

All Firm Sizes Hit Hard During the Current Recession

In the early part of the current recession, all firm sizes have been similarly affected by the recession.

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Paid Sick Leave
Program Perspectives

Paid Sick Leave

Program Perspectives on Paid Sick Leave presents BLS data on paid sick leave, including access rates, number of days provided per year, and the cost to the employer.

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Profile of the Working Poor, 2008
Profile of the Working Poor

In 2008, according to the Census Bureau, 39.8 million people, or 13.2 percent of the Nation's population, lived at or below the official poverty level. In 2008, about 8.9 million adults were among the working poor, 1.4 million more than in 2007.

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Spotlight on Statistics: African American History Month
Spotlight on Statistics

African American History Month

African American History Month, has been observed since 1976. Take a look at BLS data that provide an economic snapshot of African Americans in the United States today.

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Issues in Labor Statistics: Recession leads to lackluster employment in the trucking industry
Issues in Labor Statistics

Recession Leads to Lackluster Employment in the Trucking Industry

A dramatic slowdown in consumer demand has been crippling the Nation's trucking firms.

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Benefits by Wage Level
Program Perspectives

Benefits by Wage Level

Program Perspectives on Benefits by Wage Level presents BLS data on benefits by wage level for several benefits including retirement, health, life insurance, holidays, and vacations.

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Consumer Expenditure Survey Turns 30
Consumer Expenditure Survey Turns 30

In 1980, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) first initiated the Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) as a continuing survey, with 2010 marking the 30th anniversary.

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Labor Force Characteristics by Race and Ethnicity, 2008
Labor Force Characteristics by Race and Ethnicity

Labor market problems for blacks or African Americans and Hispanics or Latinos were especially acute in 2008.

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Spotlight on Statistics: Thanksgiving
Spotlight on Statistics

Thanksgiving

What activities do you have planned for this Thanksgiving? Perhaps cooking and enjoying a meal with family or friends, playing sports or watching sports on television, doing volunteer work, or shopping?

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Fact Sheet: Fatal Occupational Injuries to Members of the Resident Military
Fact Sheet

Fatal Occupational Injuries to Members of the Resident Military

Members of the resident military face a set of hazards different from that of the typical worker.

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Spotlight on Statistics: Health Care
Spotlight on Statistics

Health Care

Health care touches the lives of nearly everyone in the United States at some point.

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Women in the Labor Force: A Databook (2009 Edition)
Women in the Labor Force: A Databook

The past several decades have been marked by notable changes in women's labor force activities. Women's labor force participation is significantly higher today than it was in the 1970s.

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Regional Reports: Colleges and Universities in the New York Metropolitan Area: Rapid Growth in Employment and Wages
Regional Reports

Colleges and Universities in the New York Metropolitan Area: Rapid Growth in Employment and Wages

The New York metropolitan area is home to more than 240 private colleges and universities employing about 97,000 workers.

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Regional Reports: After the Dot-Com Bubble: Silicon Valley High-Tech Employment and Wages in 2001 and 2008
Regional Reports

After the Dot-Com Bubble: Silicon Valley High-Tech Employment and Wages in 2001 and 2008

Employment in Silicon Valley high-tech industries declined by about 17 percent, a loss of about 85,000 jobs; however, average wages grew by nearly 36 percent.

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Spotlight on Statistics: Worker Safety and Health
Spotlight on Statistics

Worker Safety and Health

June is National Safety Month. In recognition, here is a look at BLS data on work-related fatalities and nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses.

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Spotlight on Statistics: BLS 125th Anniversary
Spotlight on Statistics

BLS 125th Anniversary

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2009.

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BLS Commissioner Keith Hall
Commissioner's Corner

Welcome to the Commissioner's Corner, a new feature from the Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Keith Hall.

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Issues in Labor Statistics
Issues in Labor Statistics

Ranks of Discouraged Workers and Others Marginally Attached to the Labor Force Rise During Recession

The number of persons who were marginally attached to the labor force increased sharply during the current recession.

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Chartbook: International Labor Comparisons
Chartbook

International Labor Comparisons

A Chartbook Of International Labor Comparisons (March 2009) focuses on the labor market situation in selected countries for the most recent year available; some charts also show trends.

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Retirement Benefits
Program Perspectives

Retirement benefits

Program Perspectives on Retirement Benefits presents BLS data on retirement benefits received by workers. The latest data on participation in defined-contribution and defined-benefit plans are included, as well as information on employer costs per hour for such plans.

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Paid-Leave Benefits
Program Perspectives

Paid-Leave Benefits

Program Perspectives on Paid-Leave Benefits presents BLS data on paid-leave benefits received by workers, such as holidays, vacations, and personal leave.

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Spotlight on Statistics: African American History Month
Spotlight on Statistics

African American History Month

African American History Month, also called Black History Month, has been observed since 1976. Take a look at BLS data that provide an economic snapshot of African Americans in the United States today.

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Health Benefits
Program Perspectives

Health Benefits

Program Perspectives on Health Benefits shows you trends in employer costs for health benefits. The latest data on access, participation, and premiums are also included. This is the inaugural issue of "Program Perspectives," a new publication in which BLS programs showcase their latest data.

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