U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Exhibiting at WorldatWorks Total Rewards 2013 Conference and Exhibition

Philadelphia, PA – April 25, 2013 – The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) will be among the exhibitors at WorldatWork’s Total Rewards 2013 Conference and Exhibition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The exhibit will be held April 29-30 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Staff from the BLS’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office, located in Philadelphia, will be on hand in Booth 1014 to explain the data produced by the BLS and demonstrate how these data can be used by human resource professionals.

Most of the information to be featured comes from the National Compensation Survey (NCS) and the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) programs. 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. 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 from the BLS website. “Human resource professionals are one of our largest user groups; we value the opportunity that a face-to-face meeting gives us to learn about their specific needs, and demonstrate the products that may help them in their role,” noted Kara Markley, Regional Economist in BLS’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office. “If you are one of our valued survey respondents, please stop by so that we may personally thank you for your efforts, as well as share the wealth of information that results from your participation.”

All visitors to the booth will receive a copy of “Zooming in on Compensation Data – A guide to BLS data for Human Resources Professionals”. Those not attending the conference can request a copy of this booklet by sending an email request to HRGuide {at} bls {dot} gov.

About the Bureau of Labor Statistics

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, the BLS serves its diverse user communities by providing products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant.

About the BLS Information Offices

In addition to the Philadelphia Information Office, BLS has seven other regional information offices, located in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, New York, and San Francisco. BLS staff from these offices are available to assist data users in finding and understanding the data they need. The Information Offices may be contacted via email, telephone, or in person.

About the National Compensation Survey

The National Compensation Survey is an on-going, comprehensive employer-based survey of over 10,000 establishments conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 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, several BLS publications, such as Beyond the Numbers features analysis of NCS data.

About the Occupational Employment Statistics Program

The Occupational Employment Statistics 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 the BLS and State Workforce Agencies (SWAs). The BLS provides the procedures and technical support, draws the sample, and produces the survey materials, while the SWAs collect the data. The OES provides employment and wage estimates for over 800 occupations by State, Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area, as well as by detailed industry and ownership (private industry, local government, state government, and federal government) at the National level.