Tag: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Signs of Economic Strength

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Minimum Wage by on November 20, 2014 0 Comments
Signs of Economic Strength

This morning’s Bureau of Labor Statistics report on inflation for October contained a nugget of good news for American workers: low and stable rates of inflation are contributing to real (albeit small) average wage gains. From October 2013 to October 2014, average hourly earnings increased 2.0%, in-line with nominal wage growth since the end of […]

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Bridging the Gap: Older Americans in the Workforce

Filed in DOL, Women by on November 4, 2013 2 Comments
Bridging the Gap: Older Americans in the Workforce

Today, more and more people are working later in life. Many workers want to – or have to – delay retirement, or return to work after retirement. By 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that there will be 41.4 million workers age 55 and older, with their share of the total […]

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It’s Time for a Grand Bargain for Jobs, Economic Growth

It’s Time for a Grand Bargain for Jobs, Economic Growth

The July jobs report shows that our economy continues to improve, modestly but steadily. The unemployment rate inched downward to 7.4 percent, the 11th straight month under 8 percent and the lowest level in more than four and a half years, since December 2008. The private sector added 161,000 new jobs in July, marking the […]

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America’s Economy at Your Fingertips

America’s Economy at Your Fingertips

Several federal statistical agencies produce monthly and quarterly snapshots of key sectors within the U.S. economy known as “economic indicators.” Among them is my agency, the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Economic indicators are used by the government and the public for […]

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Meet BLS Commissioner Erica Groshen

Filed in DOL, Open Government by on June 14, 2013 3 Comments
Meet BLS Commissioner Erica Groshen

Editor’s note: The Bureau of Labor Statistics is headed by commissioners who are appointed by the president and serve four-year terms. We asked the current commissioner to introduce herself in this post and share a little bit about the future of BLS. It is a labor economist’s dream to head an agency like the Labor […]

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We’re Gaining Momentum, Now it’s Time to Hit the Gas

We’re Gaining Momentum, Now it’s Time to Hit the Gas

The April jobs report shows that the economy added 165,000 total nonfarm jobs in April, and the unemployment rate dipped to 7.5 percent − a four-year low. That means 6.8 million new jobs over 38 consecutive months of private-sector job growth following the Great Recession. The revisions to February and March showing additional employment gains […]

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Supporting Our Service Women

Filed in Jobs, Veterans, Women by on March 21, 2013 5 Comments
Supporting Our Service Women

The service of women in American war efforts is older than our nation itself. Women served as battlefield nurses, cannon loaders, spies and more during the American Revolution. Through two World Wars, tens of thousands of army nurses served overseas to care for the wounded. Some 7,000 women served in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam […]

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2012 Veterans Employment Report Reveals Positive Signs

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Veterans by on March 20, 2013 5 Comments
2012 Veterans Employment Report Reveals Positive Signs

Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the “Employment Situation of Veterans – 2012,” a report that shows promising signs that post-9/11 veterans are finding and keeping jobs in larger numbers as our overall economy continues its steady recovery. But it also makes clear that we must continue to use every tool available to honor […]

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Supersectors Reveal Positive Signs for Economy

Filed in Jobs, Unemployment by on March 12, 2013 0 Comments
Supersectors Reveal Positive Signs for Economy

Like you, the first time I see the current Employment Situation report is the same day that the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the data. Last Friday morning, as I sat down for my monthly briefing, I was excited to learn that the construction industry added 48,000 jobs, the highest monthly increase since March 2007. […]

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2012: A Strong Year of Consistent Growth

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Solis, Unemployment by on January 4, 2013 7 Comments
2012: A Strong Year of Consistent Growth

For nearly three years, steady gains have occurred across different sectors of the economy. Today’s jobs report marks 34 straight months of private sector job growth, which have added close to 5.8 million jobs. And December finishes a strong year of consistent growth with average increases of about 160,000 private sector jobs per month in […]

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