Overview of BLS International Data and Technical Cooperation
The Bureau of Labor Statistics produces many different types of international data and provides technical assistance to improve data quality and build capacity in the statistical offices of other countries and international agencies.
The International Labor Comparisons (ILC) program adjusts data to a common conceptual framework to allow for meaningful international comparisons. Selected indicators for the latest years are published by country in Country at a Glance or the entire datasets are published by indicator:
- Labor market
Unemployment, employment, labor force, and related indicators for 10 countries for 1970 onward. Monthly and quarterly unemployment rates and employment indexes are also available for recent years.
- Hourly compensation costs
Hourly compensation costs (wages and benefits) for all employees in manufacturing for 33 countries for 1996 onward; costs for production workers are available for 1975-2009 (discontinued series).
Manufacturing productivity and unit labor costs for 19 countries for 1950 onward.
- GDP per capita and per hour
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita and per hour for 20 countries for 1960 onward.
- Consumer prices
Consumer Price Indexes (CPI) for 16 countries for 1950 onward and Harmonized Indexes of Consumer Prices (HICP) for 16 countries and areas for 1996 onward.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics conducts a comprehensive program of technical assistance designed to build statistical capacity in collecting, compiling, and analyzing economic and labor statistics. Statisticians, economists, analysts, and other data users from countries all over the world participate in the Bureau's international technical assistance programs. In addition to scheduled seminars, the Bureau offers customized training programs, consulting services, and welcomes short-term visitors.
The International Price Program measures changes in the prices of imported and exported goods and some services traded between the United States and the rest of the world.
At one time, BLS produced data on Foreign Direct Investment, but that program was discontinued. For more information, visit the website of the Bureau of Economic Analysis of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Last Modified Date: May 11, 2011