Bureau of Labor Statistics

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 was established in 1884 and is a part of the Department of Labor.

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.

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.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics

2 Massachusetts Ave Ne
Washington, DC 20212-0002
Phone: 1 (202) 691-5200
Fax: 1 (202) 6066610


  • Employer Type: Government Agency
  • Associate Commissioner Employment and Unemployment Statistics: John Galvin
  • Commissioner: Keith Hall
  • Deputy Commissioner: Philip Rones

Major Office Locations

  • Washington, DC

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