Bureau of Labor StatisticsBureau of Labor Statistics
Economists and investors frequent the Bureau of Labor Statistics Web site for current information on the U.S. economy including a series of indicators that this agency, a part of the U.S. Department of Labor, releases each month. A good starting point is the "Economy at a Glance" page. Use this form to calculate inflation based on your own personalized "shopping basket." Compare what you make to the average annual pay by state and industry. You'll also find unemployment statstics from your state.


False Requests Flood, Shut BLS Web Site
The Bureau of Labor Statistics was "brought to its knees" when its World Wide Web site was flooded with hundreds of thousands of fake information requests a minute, a tactic known in the computer world as "spamming." The tide of spam temporarily shut down the Web site, frustrating scores of economists and investors who have started to depend on the Internet to receive the latest economic data.
Jan. 9, 1998


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