Just the facts, ma'am -- that's what the US Bureau of Labor Statistics aims to deliver. The agency (also known as BLS) collects, processes, analyzes, and shares labor economics information with Congress, other government entities, the public, and the business sector. It reports statistics regarding inflation, unemployment, labor productivity, workplace safety, and much more. BLS searches for data that reflect current economic conditions, are impartial, and are relevant to current social and economic issues. It also is responsible for several publications, including the
Occupational Outlook Handbook
. BLS is a part of the
Department of Labor
BLS serves the general public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor by providing up-to-date, high-quality statistical information. It also serves as a statistical resource to the Department of Labor.
Contrary to assumptions, BLS's mission isn't limited to statistics of US economic activity. BLS's International Labor Comparisons program uses data from foreign countries to assess the US economy. BLS also provides services that include training and consulting for statistical organizations outside the US.
BLS has its national office in Washington, DC, and eight regional offices -- Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, and San Francisco; and a number of smaller offices in other locations.
In fiscal 2015, the entity had $592.2 million in funding from the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015.
The agency seeks better to serve its customers by improving its products and services, investing in its work force, and modernizing its business processes.
In 2010 BLS began receiving funding for statistics about green jobs, including information about their number and trend, industrial, occupational, and geographic distribution, and wages. To compile this information BLS collects data from some 120,000 businesses, including producers of green goods and services and companies that use green production techniques.
BLS was established in 1884.