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The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is a unit of the United States Department of Labor and is the principal fact-finding agency for the U.S. government in the field of labor economics and statistics. The BLS is a governmental statistical agency responsible to collect, process, analyze, and disseminate essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor representatives. The BLS also serves as a statistical resource to the Department of Labor.
The BLS data must satisfy a number of criteria. It should be relevant to current social and economic issues reflecting today’s rapidly changing economic conditions. It should be accurate and of consistently high statistical quality. There should be impartiality in both subject matter and presentation.