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- NEW Industry shifts over the decade put Philadelphia on a new road to job growth This article looks at how the employment expansion in two supersectors in Philadelphia—education and health services and professional and business services—helped reshape the metropolitan area’s job market from the first quarter of 1998 to the first quarter of 2008. During this 10-year period, the industrial composition of the Philadelphia metropolitan area job market evolved considerably. Once a traditional metropolitan area with the largest percentage of jobs concentrated in the trade, transportation, and utilities supersector, Philadelphia has transformed itself into a leader in the education and health services industry.
- UPDATED Notice about ECI Estimates for Metropolitan Areas and Regions
Employment Cost Index (ECI) estimates for private industry for 14 metropolitan areas for the year ended September 2008 were released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Thursday, November 20, 2008. For each locality, two estimates are provided: 12-month percent change for total compensation and 12-month percent change for wages and salaries. The data are available in news releases for each area.
The "Employment Cost Index for the Regions" news releases have been discontinued. However, the estimates that have appeared in those releases are available in table 6 (www.bls.gov/news.release/eci.t06.htm) and table 10 (www.bls.gov/news.release/eci.t10.htm) of the "Employment Cost Index" news release issued by the BLS National Office. Historical estimates for these series can be found at www.bls.gov/ncs/ect/regionaleci.htm.
- Discontinuance of mailing paper copies of the Mid-Atlantic Consumer Price Index (CPI) Announcement
As of April 1, 2008, subscribers will no longer receive paper copies of the Mid-Atlantic CPI Announcement (Philadelphia Blue Card) in the mail. The Mid-Atlantic CPI Announcement will continue to be available through the Bureaus Web site.
A free email subscription service is available for the CPI announcement. Shortly after the CPI announcement is posted online each month, subscribers to this service receive an email message containing a link to the announcement. The subscription form with a list of available regional office CPI summaries (blue cards) is located at http://www.bls.gov/bls/list.htm.
The mailing of regional CPI announcements (summaries) and other regional publications is being discontinued as a result of unanticipated budget constraints faced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. See http://www.bls.gov/bls/budgetimpact.htm for details.
Services provided to the public
Automated Information / Telephone Hotlines
CPI Hotlines: Recorded CPI messages available 24 hours a day.
- Philadelphia: (215) 656-3948
- Pittsburgh: (412) 644-2900
- Washington-Baltimore: (410) 962-4898
Telephone: The Economic Analysis & Information staff is available for phone assistance from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM at
(215) 597-DATA (or 3282).
Location: The office is open from 8:15 AM to 4:45 PM and is located at:
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Suite 610 East -- The Curtis Center
170 South Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, PA 19106-3305