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The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a unit of the United States Department of Labormarker, is the principal fact-finding agency for the U.S. government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. The BLS is a governmental statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor representatives. The BLS also serves as a statistical resource to the Department of Labormarker.

The BLS data must satisfy a number of criteria, including relevance to current social and economic issues, timeliness in reflecting today’s rapidly changing economic conditions, accuracy and consistently high statistical quality, and impartiality in both subject matter and presentation. To avoid the appearance of partiality, the dates of major data releases are scheduled more than a year in advance, in coordination with the Office of Management and Budget.


The Bureau of Labor was established in the Department of the Interiormarker by the Bureau of Labor Act (23 Stat. 60), June 27, 1884, to collect information about employment and labor. It became an independent (sub-Cabinet) department by the Department of Labor Act (25 Stat. 182), June 13, 1888. It was incorporated, as the Bureau of Labor, into the Department of Commerce and Labor by the Department of Commerce Act (32 Stat. 827), February 14, 1903. Finally, it was transferred to the Department of Labormarker in 1913 where it resides today. The BLS is now headquartered in the Postal Square Buildingmarker near the United States Capitolmarker and Union Stationmarker. The Current Commissioner of the BLS is Keith Hall.

Statistical reporting

Surveys, Indices, and Statistics produced by the BLS fall into 4 main categories:


Employment and Unemployment

Compensation and Working Conditions



BLS publications include:

See also


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