Survey Respondents

BLS Survey Respondent

BLS Survey RespondentWithout the generous cooperation of the people who participate in our surveys—people like you—the Bureau of Labor Statistics could not fulfill its mission to provide vital information about our economy and society to so many different customers.

If you are called upon to participate in one of our surveys, please say “Yes.” A few moments of your time can mean so much for people just like you.

Your participation is important

Nearly all of our surveys are voluntary, meaning that the individuals, households, and organizations selected for our survey samples can choose whether to participate. We are grateful that the great majority of them say “Yes.”

We carefully design our survey samples through a scientific process to represent the people and businesses in the United States. We strive to make participation in our surveys as easy as possible. We design survey questions that are easy to understand, and we try to minimize the amount of time it takes to answer them.

Without your participation, these surveys would not accurately reflect the economic and social conditions of our country.

Protecting confidentiality

We understand that confidentiality is extremely important to you. That is why the confidentiality of participants in our surveys is strictly protected by law and additionally by our own security policies.

Federal law prohibits us from releasing any information that could reveal the identity of you or your business without your consent. The information that you provide can only be used to produce statistics. In other words, it can be used to describe or analyze the characteristics only of groups, not individuals, households, or specific organizations.

We have established multiple layers of protection for our computer systems and records, and we regularly train our staff concerning policies to protect your information. These laws and policies ensure that no one will be able to misuse your information or gain an unfair advantage by obtaining inside information about your business.

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