Explaining Employment and Unemployment Stats
It happens on the first Friday of every month: Government economists release new employment and unemployment statistics that gets widely quoted on television, on the Internet and in newspapers. But what exactly is that data? And who analyzes it?
In a continuing effort to expose the "nuts and bolts" of federal agency operations, The Eye -- along with washingtonpost.com's uber-talented Emily Kotecki -- explains what the data represents and introduces you to some of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) economists that analyze the data.
Special thanks to BLS economists Emily Richards and Jim Borbely (seen in the video) and BLS spokesman Gary Steinberg for their explanations of the data.
Make sure to read The Post's Economy Watch for the new employment and unemployment statistics released today.
| April 3, 2009; 8:23 AM ET
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