Understanding BLS data

Get the facts on the Bureau of Labor Statistics

No matter what stage you are in your life, "there's a stat for that." At the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics our job is to collect, analyze and disseminate essential economic information to help people make better decisions.

What is productivity?


Explore the meaning of productivity with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and learn how productivity growth can lead to improvements in our lives and the well-being of our nation.



Understanding the Chained Consumer Price Index


The Chained CPI is a relatively new measure of inflation. This video provides an overview of the chained CPI and its advantages and limitations in comparison to other measures.


Bureau of Labor Statistics seminars

The International Price System

Harvard Professor Dr. Gita Gopinath presents on her paper "The International Price System."

National Longitudinal Surveys 50th Anniversary Conference

50th Anniversary of the National Longitudinal Surveys

Instead of just a snapshot in time, the National Longitudinal Surveys track the same respondents over the course of their life. Researchers, statisticians, and policymakers gathered at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics headquarters in Washington, DC, on September 17, 2015, to mark the 50th anniversary of this rich data resource. BLS Commissioner Erica L. Groshen provided opening remarks.

Understanding 50 Years of Contributions from the NLS and Envisioning Its Future


Michael Horrigan presents "Understanding 50 Years of Contributions from the NLS and Envisioning Its Future" at the National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) 50th Anniversary Conference. September 17, 2015.



Thinking about the impact of the NLS program


Dan Black of the University of Chicago takes a look back at 50 years of National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) research at the NLS 50th Anniversary Conference.







Katharine Abraham at the National Longitudinal Surveys 50th Anniversary Conference

Katharine Abraham at the National Longitudinal Surveys 50th Anniversary Conference.




Elizabeth Peters at the National Longitudinal Surveys 50th Anniversary Conference


Elizabeth Peters of the Urban Institute at the National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) 50th Anniversary Conference.



Rebecca Clark: NICHD and the NLSY79


Rebecca Clark of the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development discusses the National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) 1979 cohort at the NLS 50th Anniversary Conference.


Howard Snyder at the National Longitudinal Surveys 50th Anniversary Conference

Howard Snyder of the Bureau of Justice Statistics presents "The Infrastructure for the Largest National Study of Self-Reported Juvenile Offending in the U.S." at the National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) 50th Anniversary Conference.





Brian Harris-Kojetin at the National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) 50th Anniversary Conference


Brian Harris-Kojetin of the National Academy of Sciences discusses government and private sector uses of National Longitudinal Survey (NLS) data at the NLS 50th Anniversary Conference. September 17, 2015.



Katharine Abraham answers questions at the NLS 50th Anniversary Conference


Katharine Abraham answers questions at the National Longitudinal Surveys 50th Anniversary Conference.








Current Employment Statistics 100th Anniversary Conference

Current Employment Statistics - 100 Years of CES Symposium

Current Employment Statistics - 100 Years of CES Symposium. October 19, 2015