Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Redesigned BLS Web Site

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Redesigned BLS Web Site

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The Bureau first began publishing reports--with good old ink and paper--in the 1880s. Over time, BLS has worked hard to keep abreast of the latest styles and modes of communication. Since widespread public use of the Internet began in the 1990s, BLS, like other private- and public-sector organizations, has had to adapt quickly to utilize the Net's vast potential. For an agency in the information collection and dissemination business, developing and maintaining an informative and user-friendly World Wide Web site has been an ongoing priority. The Bureau first launched a Web site in 1995, with a few dozen pages, and issued a major redesign in 2001.

In July 2008, after more than 2 years of significant testing and sifting of alternative designs, BLS launched its latest sweeping redesign of its Web site (found at www.bls.gov). Primary features of the newly redesigned site include improved BLS and program office home pages, each with new user-tested navigation paths to make browsing as convenient as possible; fresh content on the Bureau home page each working day; an upgraded search engine; new tailored resources for different visitors (such as the news media, students, investors, and so on); a new "Guide to Geographic Data," intended to help data users to quickly determine what types of data are available from BLS at every level of geographic detail; a more comprehensive calendar of release dates for BLS news releases; an expanded index; an enhanced section on careers at BLS; and our initial foray into audio files, the first accompanying a new Spotlight on Statistics feature focusing on older workers. …

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