What is the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)?

Answer: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the principal fact-finding agency for the
Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. The BLS is an
independent national 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. The BLS also
serves as a statistical resource to the Department of Labor.
For research this weeks discussion, all students will select the BLS site at:
http://www.bls.gov/bls/proghome.htm (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Select the tab for Geography under More by Census Region, State, and Metro area.
Now look at the Economy at a Glance for your city (the direct link is
http://www.bls.gov/eag/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. ) .
1. Report to the class on the trends you see for one of the data series elements you
select for a location you are interested in or where you live.
2. What value can this site provide to you as an individual? Explain
3. What value could this be to a business? Explain
4. In your reply post, compare the data series you found to another student’s post with
the one in your posting.
Include question before answer.