Monthly Labor Review

A monthly publication of the Bureau of Labor Statistics that contains analytical articles on employment and unemployment, prices, compensation, working conditions, productivity, and other topics. Includes tables of current labor statistics, book reviews,

Articles from Vol. 117, No. 2, February

Data on Health Care Plans
DATA ON HEALTH CARE PLANS. The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a wide variety of data relating to health care. The Bureau's data include the availability, provisions, and cost of health care benefits provided by employers; consumer expenditures...
Employee Benefits for Union and Nonunion Workers
The availability of employee benefits varies, based on factors such as a worker's occupation, industry, geographic location, and hours of work. (1) For example, benefits for white-collar workers may differ from those for blue-collar workers, or benefits...
Factors Affecting the International Softwood Lumber Market, 1987-93
Price trends in the international softwood lumber market are currently the subject of much debate. From 1987 through 1993, volatility in this market was unusual, with prices influenced by a variety of factors. From 1987 to 1992, prices were influenced...
GM, Electronic Workers Settle
GM, Electronic Workers settle Negotiators for General Motors (GM) and the International Union of Electronic Workers (IUE) reached agreement on a 3-year contract covering about 22,000 workers at GM plants in Ohio, New York, New Jersey, and Mississippi....
Occupational Staffing Patterns at the Four-Digit SIC Level
The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program has developed a technique for producing information on occupational employment at the four-digit Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) level of detail.(1) Previously, such statistics were available...
Statistical Systems in Transition: Central and Eastern Europe
In recognition of its 40th anniversary, the Conference of European Statisticians published, "Statistics in the Democratic Process at the End of the 20th Century." The publication includes papers focusing on different aspects of the "10 Commandments...
The Labor Market Improves in 1993
The labor market recovery picked up some momentum in 1993. There was a large gain in employment, and some industries recorded their first sustained increase in jobs in several years. In addition, unemployment remained on the downward trend that began...
USX Accord Follows Pattern
When the 1993 steel industry bargaining round began, the Steelworkers chose USX as their "target" for a pattern settlement. Although some progress was made in several areas during the initial negotiations, the parties were unable to agree on any of...
Work at Home: Data from the CPS
Until the advent of the industrial revolution at the end of the 18th century, most nonagricultural workers were engaged in home-based work. Weavers labored on handlooms in their houses to produce cloth spun from raw wool. The blacksmith's forge, the...