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PAM 4160/SOC 4160: Ethnography of Poverty and Inequality (Spring 2016): More resources for Economic Data

Finding demographic and economic data

Economic Statistics

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is a division of the US Department of Labor whose primary purpose is to collect, analyze and disseminate data on economic conditions in the US, including labor market conditions, price changes and working conditions.  You can find local area unemployment statistics using the Local Area Unemployment Statistics database. The BLS Glossary provides definitions for the various types of data and statistics that you will encounter on this site.
  • The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) promotes a better understanding of the U.S. economy by providing the most timely, relevant, and accurate economic accounts data in an objective and cost-effective manner.

  • The Administration for Children and Families is a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services.  ACF promotes the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities.

  • The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation is a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services.  ASPE advises on policy development in health, disability, human services, data and science, and provides advice and analysis on economic policy.  Their data resources page provides numerous links to important health-related survey data.

Industry Information

Understanding the Unemployment Rate

This short video explains how the unemployment rate is calculated and how the Bureau of Labor Statistics defines such terms as labor force and unemployed.