UNEMPLOYMENT DATA

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment and employment databases and tools

__ current employment statistics (national)

__ state and metro area employment, hours and earnings

__ quarterly census of employment and wages (national, state, county, metro area)

__ Office of Publications and Special Studies, latest publications

__ Handbook of Methods

U.S. Census Bureau, employment data

U.S. Department of Labor, unemployment insurance weekly claims data

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, research and data on unemployment claims and unemployment rate

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, FAQs on economy and jobs and background on the Fed’s role in maximizing employment

IPUMS at the University of Minnesota, which warehouses data from the Current Population Survey for use in social and economic research

 

REPORTS AND OTHER RESOURCES ON UNEMPLOYMENT DATA

Mining Employment Data,” National Press Foundation training at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

Bureau of Labor Statistics, tip sheets and reporter’s guide for using quarterly census of employment and wages data

What the unemployment rate does – and doesn’t – say about the economy,” Drew DeSilver, Pew Research Center, March 2017

7 big things you should know about the monthly jobs report,” Clark Merrefield, Journalist’s Resource, Harvard Kennedy School, June 2019

Brookings Institution, reports on labor policy and unemployment

American Enterprise Institute, reports on unemployment

Institute for Women’s Policy Research, reports on unemployment and gender differences in job growth

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, “Policy Basics: Unemployment Insurance

 

MEDIA COVERAGE OF UNEMPLOYMENT DATA AND CONTROVERSIES

Will the True Unemployment Rate Please Stand Up?” Erica Groshen, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, June 2020

Why was the May unemployment number wrong?” Interview with Erica Groshen, Marketplace, June 2020

A BLS error has made the unemployment rate look lower than it actually is — for 3 months,” Clark Merrefield, Journalist’s Resource, Harvard Kennedy School, June 2020

No, the Jobs Report Wasn’t Rigged. Here’s What Happened.” Ben Casselman, The New York Times, June 2020

NY Times columnist Paul Krugman apologizes for floating ‘conspiracy theory’ about jobs numbers that Trump influenced labor data,” Brian Flood, Fox News, June 2020

19 times Trump called jobs numbers ‘fake’ before they made him look good,” Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post, March 2017

How Economic Data Is Kept Politics-Free,” Patricia Cohen, The New York Times, November 2016