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Finding Economic Data & Statistics

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Logo of the U.S. Bureau of Labor StatisticsThe Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is "responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy" (citation). It is part of the Department of Labor. 

Information on this page about data collected by the BLS includes

  • Employment & unemployment
  • Pay & benefits
  • Inflation & prices
  • Productivity
  • Consumer spending & time use

For a full list of what the BLS measures, use the Subject Area Categories link. 

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Employment & Unemployment

The BLS's Current Population Survey (CPS) measures a number of labor force participation indicators.

Major indicators from CPS:

Pay & Benefits

Major surveys: 

Inflation & Prices

Inflation calculations:


Consumer Spending & Time Use