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The Bureau of Labor was established in the "Department of the Interior by the Bureau of Labor Act (23 Stat. 60), June 27, 1884, to collect information about employment and labor. "Carroll D. Wright was the first U.S. Commissioner of 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 Labor in 1913 where it resides today.[7][8] BLS is now headquartered in the "Postal Square Building near the "United States Capitol and "Union Station.

BLS is headed by a commissioner who serves a four-year term from the date he or she takes office. The most recent Commissioner of Labor Statistics was "Erica Groshen, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on January 2, 2013 and sworn in as the 14th Commissioner of Labor Statistics on January 29, 2013, for a term that ended on January 27, 2017.[9][10] William Wiatrowski, Deputy Commissioner of the BLS, is serving as Acting Commissioner until the next commissioner is sworn in.

Statistical reporting[edit]

Surveys, Indices, and Statistics produced by the BLS fall into 4 main categories:[11]


Employment and unemployment[edit]

Unemployment measurements by the BLS from 1950 - 2010

Compensation and working conditions[edit]


Statistical regions[edit]

Data produced by the BLS is often categorized into groups of states known as Census Regions. There are 4 Census Regions, which are further categorized by Census Division as follows:

Northeast Region

South Region

Midwest Region

West Region

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "What BLS Does". Bureau of Labor Statistics. February 9, 2009. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ "BLS 2016 Operating Plan" (PDF). US Department of Labor. Retrieved 2017-02-22. 
  3. ^ a b "Bureau of Labor Statistics: Senior Staff". Bureau of Labor Statistics. 2017-01-30. Retrieved 2017-02-22. 
  4. ^ "William J. Wiatrowski, Deputy Commissioner". Bureau of Labor Statistics. 2017-01-30. Retrieved 2017-02-22. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ Cohen, Patricia (2016-11-03). "How Economic Data Is Kept Politics-Free". The New York Times. "ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  7. ^ "Records of the Bureau of Labor Statistics [BLS]". National Archives. 2016-08-15. Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  8. ^ "Overview : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics". Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  9. ^ Presidential Nominations, 112th Congress (011 - 2012), PN1404-112, Library of Congress,
  10. ^ Senate Confirms Erica Groshen to Head Bureau of Labor Statistics, by Jeffrey Sparshott at Wall Street Journal]
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  12. ^ "American Time Use Survey". Bureau of Labor Statistics. 
  13. ^ "Current Employment Statistics". Bureau of Labor Statistics. 
  14. ^ "Local Area Unemployment Statistics". Bureau of Labor Statistics. 
  15. ^ "Employment, Hours, and Earnings from the Current Employment Statistics survey (State & Metro Area) Home Page". 2012-05-30. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  16. ^ "Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey Home Page". Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  17. ^ "Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages". 2012-03-28. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  18. ^ "Business Employment Dynamics Home Page". 2012-05-01. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  19. ^ "Mass Layoff Statistics Home Page". 2012-05-16. Retrieved 2017-02-22. 
  20. ^ "Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities". Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  21. ^ "Overview of BLS Productivity Statistics". Retrieved 2012-06-22. 

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