This morning’s employment news prompted such wide interest that the Bureau of Labor Statistics Web site crashed, making the monthly employment figures temporarily unattainable for reporters, economists and the everyday curious American.
Shortly after the 8:30 a.m. scheduled monthly release of figures, Twitter users noticed the site’s issues. “BLS Black Friday... website is down due to heavy volume,” CBS News business reporter Rebecca Jarvis noted. “The BLS site is down again,” popular news aggregator @TheNewsBlotter warned.
BLS spokesman Gary Steinberg confirmed the site “has experienced some issues this morning,” but that his press office and agency economists are available to answer questions and send reporters and others the information.
“People have been getting the data they need, they’re just getting it another way,” Steinberg said. “These things happen.”
Steinberg couldn’t immediately say how many hits on average the BLS site receives on the first Friday of the month when it releases employment statistics.
An HTML version of the monthly figures is available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm, while the PDF version of the updated stats is available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf.
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