BLS to Offer Guide for HR Data

December 15, 2010 ( - The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) will soon be releasing "Zooming in on Compensation Data - A guide to BLS data for Human Resources Professionals."

The guide is a reference document that provides brief explanations of various BLS surveys, with charts that display the data graphically. Included in the booklet are separate sections for wage and salary administrators, benefit administrators, wage and contract administrators, as well as information on the 21st century workforce, other BLS data, and survey participation.   

The booklet also explains how to access data from the BLS Web site and provides contact information for each of the eight regional BLS information offices and the many programs explained in the guide.  

The BLS programs that are featured in the guide include the Occupational Employment Statistics program, National Compensation Survey (which includes the Employment Cost Index, Employer Costs for Employee Compensation, Employee benefits, and wage surveys), Consumer Price Index, Employment Projections, Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, Current Employment Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, Current Population Survey, Local Area Unemployment Statistics, Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program, and Labor Productivity.  

The guide is available free of charge and can be requested by sending an email message with a mailing address to