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Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

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October 2001: "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.

BLS data must satisfy a number of criteria, including relevance to current social and economic issues, timeliness in reflecting today’s rapidly changing economic conditions, accuracy and consistently high statistical quality, and impartiality in both subject matter and presentation."

Third-Party Descriptions

November 2012: 'Some of Silver’s detractors didn’t bother to concoct their own bogus analyses but just tried to defame and bully him. In the waning days of October, Joe Scarborough of MSNBC’s Morning Joe discounted FiveThirtyEight’s finding that Obama had (then) a 73.6 percent probability of victory by ranting that “anybody that thinks that this race is anything but a toss-up right now is such an ideologue they should be kept away from typewriters, computers, laptops, and microphones for the next ten days, because they’re jokes.” Dean Chambers, a conservative blogger who gained popularity on the right by setting up a junk-science Romney-boosting site called UnSkewed Polls, implied that FiveThirtyEight was skewed by Silver’s sexual orientation. Chambers wrote that Silver is “of very small stature, a thin and effeminate man with a soft-sounding voice that sounds almost exactly like the ‘Mr. New Castrati’ voice used by Rush Limbaugh on his program.” (To which Silver responded with a classic Tweet: “Unskewedpolls argument: Nate Silver seems kinda gay + ??? = Romney landslide!”) Scarborough’s and Chambers’s efforts to discredit FiveThirtyEight mirrored their party’s attempts to demonize the nonpartisan organizations that questioned Romney and Ryan’s voodoo economics as well as Jack Welch’s assault on the Bureau of Labor Statistics. You challenge the imaginary numbers of the post-fact GOP at your peril.'

July 2008: "Indeed, for the first time since the women's movement came to life, an economic recovery has come and gone, and the percentage of women at work has fallen, not risen, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. In each of the seven previous recoveries since 1960, the recovery ended with a greater percentage of women at work than when it began."


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Owned by (partial or full, past or present) US Federal Government - Independent Agencies Organization May 4, 2005
Organization Executive (past or present) Joseph R. Antos Ph.D. Person Jan 28, 2007
Advised by (past or present) Prof. Charles H. Fay Ph.D. Person Feb 18, 2008
Research/Analysis Subject John Williams MBA Person Apr 21, 2012

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Mar 23, 2013 Tackling Concerns of Independent Workers

QUOTE: Today, the Freelancers Union is one of the nation’s fastest-growing labor organizations, with more than 200,000 members, over half of them in New York State....the Obama administration recently awarded Ms. Horowitz’s group $340 million in low-interest loans to establish cooperatives in New York, New Jersey and Oregon that will provide health coverage to freelancers and tens of thousands of other workers.

New York Times
Nov 09, 2012 Fantasyland: Denial has poisoned the GOP and threatens the rest of the country too.

QUOTE: Romney has no political heirs in his own party or elsewhere, he does leave behind a cultural legacy of sorts. He raised Truthiness to a level of chutzpah beyond Stephen Colbert’s fertile imagination, and on the grandest scale. That a presidential hopeful so cavalierly mendacious could get so close to the White House, winning some 48 percent of the popular vote, is no small accomplishment. The American weakness that Romney both apotheosized and exploited in achieving this feat—our post-fact syndrome where anyone on the public stage can make up anything and usually get away with it—won’t disappear with him. A slicker liar could have won, and still might....This year’s instantly famous declaration by the Romney pollster Neil Newhouse that “we’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers” crystallized the mantra of the entire GOP. The Republican faithful at strata both low and high, from Rush’s dittoheads to the think-tank-affiliated intellectuals, have long since stopped acknowledging any empirical evidence that disputes their insular worldview, no matter how grounded that evidence might be in (God forbid) science or any other verifiable reality, like, say, Census reports or elementary mathematics

New York Magazine
Sep 01, 2011 Age Bias in IT: the Reality Behind the Rumors: Is high tech really that tough on older workers? Or are they simply not pulling their weight in an industry that never stops innovating?

QUOTE: Age bias is "something that no [employer] talks about. But it's a reality in tech that if you're 45 years of age and still writing C code or Cobol code and making $150,000 a year, the likelihood is that you won't be employed very long"...

May 27, 2010 Safety Rules Can’t Keep Up With Biotech Industry

QUOTE: the estimated 232,000 employees in the nation’s most sophisticated biotechnology labs work amid imponderable hazards. And some critics say the modern biolab often has fewer federal safety regulations than a typical blue-collar factory.

New York Times
Dec 01, 2009 In Job Hunt, College Degree Can’t Close Racial Gap

QUOTE: there is ample evidence that racial inequities remain when it comes to employment.

New York Times
Oct 02, 2009 Dark and Bitter: Food workers increasingly exist in a legal limbo with no protections for wages, benefits, job security, or life and limb. Why are employers like Hershey off the hook?

QUOTE: In this new world, workers are paid only when needed. There are no more messy layoffs -- merely the end of an assignment. All the risks are shifted to workers. Staffing agencies often tout their services as giving employees flexibility and variety, but [Nik] Theodore's research shows they are worse off by many measures.

American Prospect
Aug 24, 2009 Wyoming split over worker safety: It's the second time lawmakers are weighing measures to decrease the state's high rate of job fatalities, especially in the oil fields.

QUOTE: For the last several years, Wyoming has outpaced the rest of the country in occupational fatalities.

Los Angeles Times
Jul 21, 2008 Many moms stay home, but not because they choose to

QUOTE: "When we saw women starting to drop out in the early part of this decade, we thought it was the motherhood movement, women staying home to raise their kids...We did not think it was the economy, but when we looked into it, we realized that it was."

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Jun 12, 2007 Why teens have a tough time finding summer work: Many are enrolling in summer classes or doing community service while others are squeezed out by adults competing for the same entry-level jobs.

QUOTE: teen employment rates haven't rebounded from the recession of 2001. Instead, these numbers are at historic lows .... Some economists who study the teen labor market say jobs are also scarcer than in past years, affecting young people of all backgrounds. Finding work remains much harder for young black, Latino, and Asian-Americans than for their white peers.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 08, 2007 The Real Cost of Offshoring: U.S. data show that moving jobs overseas hasn't hurt the economy. Here's why those stats are wrong

QUOTE: BusinessWeek has learned of a gaping flaw in the way statistics treat offshoring, with serious economic and political implications.

Apr 08, 2007 The Nation: Latte Laborers Take on a Latte-Liberal Business

QUOTE: ...the National Labor Relations Board’s New York office delivered a stinging accusation against one of the city’s — and the nation’s — most popular retail outlets. The labor board charged that Starbucks, the ubiquitous coffee chain, committed 30 violations of law in the process of trying to ward off union activity at four Manhattan outlets.

New York Times
Sep 04, 2006 Many Entry-Level Workers Feel Pinch of Rough Market

QUOTE: young people in the nation’s work force face a choppy job market in which entry-level wages have often trailed inflation, making it hard for many to cope with high housing costs and rising college debt loads.

New York Times
Jul 10, 2006 Stock Option Awards Grew For Top-Earning Executives, Declined For Others Last Year: 2005 Compensation For Top-Earning Executives Grew With Stock Option Awards

QUOTE: It was another banner year for the Washington area's highest-paid executives...Just as options buoyed compensation for the top group, a decline in the awards dragged down results for others: The median total compensation package for the next 600 executives in the study fell by 3.9 percent to $642,543.

Washington Post
Jul 04, 2006 Nurses Claim Hospitals Conspire to Keep Pay Low

QUOTE: Nurses are suing national hospital corporations in four major cities, claiming their employers conspire to keep their wages artificially low by revealing to each other the wages of their nursing staffs. The profession is more than 90 percent female.

Apr 28, 2006 Bankruptcy law does have supporters

QUOTE: When the new bankruptcy law passed in 2005, critics vigorously attacked the legislation. Consumer advocates, bankruptcy attorneys and some lawmakers blasted the act as unfair and anti-consumer. But supporters of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act...counter that the law's demands are reasonable and address a mushrooming problem with bankruptcy fraud that was costing consumers billions of dollars.
Apr 23, 2006 Now It's Time For Women To Get Even

QUOTE: It is 2006, and as has been true for about a decade, women earn only 77 cents for every dollar men make.

Washington Post
Mar 15, 2006 10 Things Your Dentist Won't Tell You

QUOTE: The potential for profit is turning some dentists into pitchmen — a digital photo and special software can show you how you'd look with whitened teeth or a set of crowns. But before falling for the new you and opting for elective dental work, get a second opinion.

Smart Money