Improved Mapping Tool for Local Area Unemployment Statistics

This post was originally published on this siteWe publish thousands of unemployment rates each month for states, metro areas, and counties. That can make them hard to follow, but we just upgraded our mapping tool to make it easy. Instead of wading through all those numbers, just check out the latest maps for what you … Read moreImproved Mapping Tool for Local Area Unemployment Statistics

How Are Our Older Workers Doing?

This post was originally published on this siteMay is Older Americans Month. Who are we calling old? The Bureau of Labor Statistics, for one. Next month we will celebrate our 135th birthday. Now that’s old! And we’ve been providing gold-standard information the entire time. Today we are focusing on people age 65 and older. In honor … Read moreHow Are Our Older Workers Doing?

Wage Information Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

This post was originally published on this siteOn April 16, BLS reported that median weekly earnings for full-time wage and salary workers rose 2.7 percent over the year. On April 30, BLS reported that the Employment Cost Index for wages of private industry workers rose 3.0 percent over the year. On May 2, BLS reported … Read moreWage Information Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Earth Day 2019: Careers that Care for Our Earth

This post was originally published on this siteNext year will be the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! The first Earth Day occurred on April 22, 1970, and I will show my age and admit that I clearly recall marching around my little campus on a blustery spring day in Topeka. Now, 49 years later, we … Read moreEarth Day 2019: Careers that Care for Our Earth

BLS Local Data App Now Available for Android Devices

This post was originally published on this siteThe wait is over! The BLS Local Data app — a mobile application that connects users with the data they need to know about local labor markets — is now available for Android devices. Search “BLS Local Data” in Google Play. The BLS Local Data app, first released … Read moreBLS Local Data App Now Available for Android Devices

Greetings and a Meditation on Alan Krueger

This post was originally published on this siteWilliam W. Beach became the 15th Commissioner of Labor Statistics in March 2019. I am a little late with my first blog, but I’m sure readers can appreciate what it means to start this job as Commissioner of Labor Statistics on a week that ends in the publication of … Read moreGreetings and a Meditation on Alan Krueger

Passing the Baton to the New BLS Commissioner

This post was originally published on this siteI am pleased to announce that Dr. William Beach has been confirmed by the Senate and sworn in as the fifteenth Commissioner of Labor Statistics. A highlight of my time as Acting Commissioner was being able to share this blog with you, our customers. This forum allowed me … Read morePassing the Baton to the New BLS Commissioner

Major Economic Indicators Latest Numbers

This post was originally published on this siteConsumer Price Index (CPI): +0.2% in Feb 2019 News Release Historical Data Unemployment Rate: 3.8% in Feb 2019 News Release Historical Data Payroll Employment: +20,000(p) in Feb 2019 News Release Historical Data Average Hourly Earnings: +$0.11(p) in Feb 2019 News Release Historical Data Producer Price Index – Final … Read moreMajor Economic Indicators Latest Numbers

Why This Counts: What Do We Know about Strikes and Lockouts?

This post was originally published on this siteStrikes and lockouts? Aren’t those 1940s-50s-60s economic activities? Sounds like we are taking a trip to the distant past with Sherman and Mr. Peabody in the WABAC machine. (For you younger readers, these characters can be found in the Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends, a TV … Read moreWhy This Counts: What Do We Know about Strikes and Lockouts?

Celebrating Women in STEM Occupations

This post was originally published on this siteInternational Women’s Day was first celebrated on March 19, 1911. During International Women’s Year in 1975, the United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8. In the United States, the first National Woman’s Day was observed on February 28, 1909. The Socialist Party of America designated … Read moreCelebrating Women in STEM Occupations

What Happened to Natural Gas Prices at the End of 2018?

This post was originally published on this siteNatural gas prices mirrored a rollercoaster during the last few months — lots of ups and downs. Let’s explore why. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes many indexes that measure changes in prices for natural gas. Producer Price Indexes and Import Price Indexes tell us about these … Read moreWhat Happened to Natural Gas Prices at the End of 2018?

Wages and Benefits in a City Near You

This post was originally published on this siteThis started out as a blog about wages and benefits in New York City. But then I shared it with some colleagues, who thought it was too Gotham-centric. My real purpose is to highlight the data on employer costs for wages and benefits in several large metropolitan areas, … Read moreWages and Benefits in a City Near You

Tracking the Changing Nature of Work: the Process Continues

This post was originally published on this siteThe days of working the same 9-to-5 job for 40 years are a fading memory. Work today may involve multiple part-time jobs, working from home, obtaining work through a mobile device, and changing jobs frequently. The so-called “changing nature of work” is already here, and at the U.S. … Read moreTracking the Changing Nature of Work: the Process Continues

What Do We Know about Mega Metros?

This post was originally published on this siteNot only does BLS produce nationwide economic indicators, but we also have a treasure trove of data for metropolitan areas across the country. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 62.9 percent of our country’s 325.7 million people live in incorporated places. To celebrate our metro areas, we looked … Read moreWhat Do We Know about Mega Metros?

Celebrating the International Year of the Periodic Table

This post was originally published on this siteThe United Nations (U.N.) proclaims 2019 the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. As Jean-Paul Ngome-Abiaga, coordinator for the celebration of the Year at the U.N., says: “The periodic table of chemical elements is one of the most important and influential achievements in modern science … Read moreCelebrating the International Year of the Periodic Table

Why This Counts: What Types of Jobs Are in the U.S. Labor Market?

This post was originally published on this siteEver wonder how many accountants there are in the United States? Or how much an occupational therapist gets paid? Or maybe you already have a job, but you’re thinking about working somewhere new. What areas or industries have the highest pay for your occupation? We have the answers … Read moreWhy This Counts: What Types of Jobs Are in the U.S. Labor Market?

New Measures of Prices for Global Trade

This post was originally published on this siteHow do prices for U.S. manufacturing exports compare to prices for goods manufactured abroad? How has the balance of export and import prices between the United States and Mexico changed over time? BLS has new measures to answer these and other questions on the competitiveness of U.S. production. … Read moreNew Measures of Prices for Global Trade

100 years after World War I: What’s the Labor Market Status of Our Veterans in 2018?

This post was originally published on this siteAs we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I — at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 — we also want to honor our current veterans. In honor of Veterans Day, here are our most up-to-date statistics … Read more100 years after World War I: What’s the Labor Market Status of Our Veterans in 2018?