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. 134, No. 8, August

A Commentary on Socioeconomic Data
Interpreting Economic and Social Data: A Foundation of Descriptive Statistics. By Othmar W. Winkler, New York, NY, Springer Publishing, 2009, 265 pp., $119.00/hardback. Natural scientists apply the fundamental assumptions of statistics to experimental...
Balancing Parenting Time and Employment
In 1967, approximately two-thirds of children in the United States had at least one parent at home full time, compared with only one-third of children in 2009. Does this shift indicate that parents are spending less time with their children? In "Time...
Comparative Indicators
1. Labor market indicators Selected indicators 2009 2010 Employment data Employment status of the civilian noninstitutional population (household survey): (1) Labor force participation rate ...
Compensation & Industrial Relations
30. Employment Cost Index, compensation (1) by occupation and industry group [December 2005 = 100] Series 2009 June Sept. Civilian workers...
Employment Dynamics over the Last Decade: Business Cycle Movements in BED and JOLTS Data Suggest That the Two Series Complement Each Other; during the Onset of the 2007-2009 Recession, BED Gross Job Gains and JOLTS Hires Fell Simultaneously While BED Gross Job Losses and JOLTS Separations Diverged
The 2007-2009 recession was the longest and most severe post-World War II recession. As dated by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the recession was 18 months long, lasting from December 2007 through June 2009. Prior to that, the longest...
Flows of Capital
According to standard economic theory, there should be a net flow of savings from more developed countries to less developed countries because the marginal returns on capital are greater in the less developed nations. However, history has shown that...
Injury and Illness Data
54. Occupational injury and illness rates by industry, (1) United States Industry and type of case (2) Incidence rates per 100 full-time workers (3) ...
International Comparisons
52. Annual data: employment status of the working-age population, adjusted to U.S. concepts, 10 countries [Numbers in thousands] Employment status and country 2000 2001 2002 Civilian labor force United States ...
Jobless Rates in Different Types of Labor Market Areas, 2000-2010
Before the 2007-2009 recession, metropolitan areas had unemployment rates that were 0.4 percentage point lower, on average, than micropolitan area rates, which in turn were slightly lower than those of small labor market areas; during the recession,...
Job Openings and Hires Show Little Postrecession Improvement: JOLTS Data Show Only Modest Labor Market Gains since the End of the 2007-2009 Recession; the Job Openings and Hires Levels Have Been Rising since Mid-2009 but, at the End of 2010, Were Well below Their Prerecession Levels
Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) data showed only slight improvement since June 2009, the end of the most recent recession. (1) The seasonally-adjusted number of job openings--a measure of labor demand--increased from 2.4 million in June...
Labor Force Data
4. Employment status of the population, by sex, age, race, and Hispanic origin, monthly data seasonally adjusted [Numbers in thousands] Employment status Annual average 2010 2009 2010...
Notes on Current Labor Statistics
This section of the Review presents the principal statistical series collected and calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics: series on labor force; employment; unemployment; labor compensation; consumer, producer, and international prices; productivity;...
Price Data
38. Consumer Price Indexes for All Urban Consumers and for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers: U.S. city average, by expenditure category and commodity or service group [1982-84 = 100, unless otherwise indicated] ...
Productivity Data
48. Annual indexes of multifactor productivity and related measures, selected years [2005 = 100, unless otherwise indicated] Item 1998 1999 2000 Private business Productivity: Output per hour of all...
The August Review
This issue of the Review kicks off with the 2011 installment from the Bureau's Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) program. BLS economists Katherine Bauer Klemmer and Robert Lazaneo examine JOLTS data to take a close look at how job openings,...