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    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor offers an informative resource for anyone looking for information about labor market activity, working conditions, and issues related to the economy.

    Since 1884, the BLS has been collecting and analyzing data about employment, inflation and prices, industry work environments and behavior, and pay and benefits. The data collected by the BLS is disseminated publicly and serves as an independent statistical agency.

    According to the BLS’ website, its mission is to help provide important economic information that can help public and private decision making. Resources, statistics, data and other information can be accessed at www.bls.gov.

    Business leaders, economists, jobseekers, public-policy makers, students, teachers, and others can access information about several subject areas. Subject areas for which the BSL offers data include:

    • Inflation and prices
    • Spending and time use
    • Unemployment
    • Employment
    • Pay and benefits
    • Productivity
    • Workplace injuries
    • International
    • Regional
    • BLS programs

    A popular resource offered by the BLS for jobseekers, students, business leaders and others is the Occupational Outlook Handbook. The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a source for career information. Hundreds of occupations are featured in the Handbook which lists respective descriptions, work environments, how to work in the occupation, pay information, employment projections, and more.

    Whether you are a Kaplan University student, a business leader, or someone looking for information on employment, specific industries, careers, or certain economic information, visit www.bls.gov and explore the different resources and data points provided. The Occupational Outlook Handbook is also a helpful resource that can provide you with information about education requirements or other aspects about the field, including requirements to enter the field, such as job experience or education.

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