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Welcome to the UWM Libraries Labor Statistics online guide. This guide offers an extensive collection of research resources for labor statistics on a local, national, and international level.
Short descriptions and direct links are provided for print resources, websites, and UWM subscription databases.
Many thanks to Laurie Borchard, former RIS Intern, for her assistance in creating this guide.
Essential Sources for Labor Statistics
(Tip: On the following Bureau of Labor Statistics sites, look for the links on the left for "Tables" and/or "Databases.")
Labor Force Statistics
Based on the monthly Current Population Survey, this site offers statistics on labor force participation, the unemployment rate, hourly and weekly earnings, and more.
Current Employment Statistics
Each month the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program surveys businesses and government agencies to provide detailed industry data on employment, hours, and earnings of workers on nonfarm payrolls.
National Compensation Survey (NCS)
The National Compensation Survey provides comprehensive measures of occupational wages, employment cost trends, and employee benefits.
Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS)
The Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program produces monthly and annual employment, unemployment, and labor force data for Census regions and divisions, states, counties, metropolitan areas, and many cities.
As the successor to the LABORSTA database, this new ILO database of labor statistics provides multiple datasets with annual and infra-annual labor market statistics for over 100 indicators and 230 countries, areas and territories.
An international database of labor statistics for over 200 countries. Note: LABORSTA is not being updated and gradually will be replaced with the ILOSTAT database
International Labor Comparisons
The BLS provides basic labor statistics for countries around the world including data on wages and benefits, labor force, employment and unemployment.