U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Exhibiting at 2011 SHRM Colorado State Conference

KANSAS CITY, Mo . — September 20, 2011 — The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) will be among the exhibitors at the 2011 SHRM Colorado State Conference in Keystone, Colorado, September 28 – 30, 2011. Staff will be on hand in Booth 112 to explain the data that BLS produces and demonstrate how that data can be used by Human Resource professionals.

Most of the data to be featured come from the National Compensation Survey (NCS) and the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program. The NCS produces data on employment cost trends and the incidence, provisions, and cost of employer provided benefits. The OES provides data on employment and occupational wages. Additional data, especially for the state of Colorado will also be available. All BLS data are free of charge and available online.

As part of the exhibit, BLS staff will show users how to access data online. Survey respondents—those invaluable Human Resource professionals that provide the data for BLS surveys—will be able to discuss the importance and process of reporting data to BLS.


The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making. As an independent statistical agency, BLS serves its diverse user communities by providing products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant.


The Mountain-Plains BLS Information Office, located in Kansas City, MO is one of eight regional BLS information offices throughout the United States. It provides services to the states of Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming. BLS staff from this office are available to assist data users in finding and understanding the data they need. They may be contacted via email, telephone, or in person. Other BLS regional information offices are located in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, and San Francisco. Contact information is listed in the above hyperink.


The National Compensation Survey is an on-going comprehensive employer-based survey of approximately 14,500 establishments conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. NCS is an umbrella program that produces data on several topics including benefits, wages, and compensation cost trends. One of its outputs—the Employment Cost Index (ECI) — is a principal federal economic indicator. The ECI measures the percent change in the cost of wages and benefits. Another output is the Employer Costs for Employee Compensation (ECEC). The ECEC provides costs for wages and individual benefits on a cost per hour worked basis. In addition to the reports and websites mentioned in this release, the Compensation and Working Conditions Online Journal contains short articles on various compensation topics including health and retirement benefits. Another publication, Program Perspectives, focuses on one benefit topic per issue.


The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program is an on-going, comprehensive employer-based survey of approximately 1.2 million establishments collected over a 3 year period. The OES survey is a Federal-State cooperative program between BLS and State Workforce Agencies (SWAs). BLS provides the procedures and technical support, draws the sample, and produces the survey materials, while the SWAs collect the data. OES provides employment and wage estimates for over 800 occupations by geographic area, by industry, and by ownership (private industry, local government, state government, and federal government) at the National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area levels.

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