Labor Department: No jobs report this month because of shutdown

October 3, 2013

The Bureau of Labor Statistics will not release its usual monthly jobs report on Friday because of the government shutdown that started earlier this week.

(Saul Loeb/AFP-Getty) - A jobs sign on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building in D.C.
A jobs sign on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building in D.C. (Saul Loeb/AFP-Getty)

“Due to the lapse in funding, the Employment Situation release which provides data on employment during the month of September, compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, will not be issued as scheduled on Friday, October 4, 2013,” the Labor Department said in a statement on Thursday. “An alternative release date has not been scheduled.”

The BLS is down to just three employees from its usual 2,400 while the shutdown is in effect.

BLS’s monthly jobs reports show the unemployment rate and employment levels, based off the agency’s household survey and business-establishment survey, respectively. Economists, investors and politicians watch the numbers closely, and the data can influence economic policies, investment decisions, and approval ratings.

Before Thursday’s Labor Department statement, it was unclear whether BLS would release the September numbers on Friday, as planned before the shutdown.

BLS Commissioner Erica Groshen said in a memo last week that the White House Office of Management and Budget could authorize her agency to put out certain economic data during the shutdown, as it had done in the past. The statement on Thursday suggests OMB has not taken that step.

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Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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