U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2014

    Window Washing Is A Terrifying Gig: A Brief History

    Cleaning windows in New York City is a tough, thankless, and, quite frankly, terrifying job. The city saw that last week when window washers Juan Lopez and Juan Lizama found themselves trapped on a dangling scaffold outside the 68th floor of 1 World Trade Center. For more than 90 minutes, the two we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2014

    Taxi Drivers Demand Signs Reminding Passengers Not to Try to Kill Them

    New York taxi drivers are mad as hell, and they're not going to take it anymore. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, cab drivers and chauffeurs accounted for 53 of the 4,405 Americans killed on the job in 2013. Their workplace fatality rate is 130 percent higher than the national aver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    Hey, Pete Wells -- There's No Such Thing as Free Bread

    Last week, New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells waxed nostalgic for an era when diners were treated to free bread and water as soon as they sat down at a table. You can still get tap water, Wells acknowledges, but you have to sheepishly ask for it. As for the bread, he writes: ...[T]here's no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    As Fast Food Workers Walked Off the Job, Giant Industry Lobbying Groups Tried To Convince Us How Awful a Living Wage Would Be

    A summer of protests over fast food workers' impossibly low wages reached its boiling point yesterday, when employees in New York and 49 other cities walked off the job in a one-day strike. In Lower Manhattan, our own Raillan Brooks interviewed Tyeisha Batts, a 27-year-old Burger King worker who ma ... More >>

  • News

    June 19, 2013

    Pride Issue: Genderqueers Face the Real World

    Will Generation LGBTQIA redefine the workplace?

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2012

    Rightbloggers Revel in Romney Rout, But Good Job Numbers Put Them Back in Tinfoil

    Rightbloggers had one of their best weeks of the campaign. First their candidate, Mitt Romney, bested President Obama in a debate, and then the Labor Department posted a drop in the U.S. unemployment rate. Both events convinced them of impending electoral victory, as the first proved that the Presid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2012

    As Romney Goes Down, Rightbloggers Double Down on Liberal Media Bias B.S.

    By now you've heard about the Romney 47% video and the lousy poll numbers he's been getting. Were you aware that it's all the fault of the liberal media? Yeah, we know, you've been hearing conservatives talking about liberal media bias forever. It's their version of the Bowery Boys' Routine 11. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Unemployment Is (Barely) Down

    And now for even more reasons to be skeptical about the alleged economic recovery: Unemployment is down, but a smaller share of Americans are in the labor force and many have just given up on trying to find work. The newest Bureau of Labor Statistics data came out this morning, and the April jobs n ... More >>

  • News

    April 4, 2012

    Obama to Grad Students: Pay Up

    To save student-loan programs, the White House has saddled master's and Ph.D. candidates with added debt.

  • News

    October 5, 2011

    Rick Perry's Texas Fantasyland

    Rick Perry's Texas is a job-makin', low-taxin' oasis of economic growth. It's also a fantasy.

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    Row Harder, Slaves! Productivity, Unemployment Claims Up, Costs Down

    ​Good news for whip-crackers: In the fourth quarter of 2009, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals, U.S. productivity rose at a 6.2 percent annualized rate -- output up 7.2 percent, hours worked up one percent. It's the biggest such jump since 2002. Unit labor costs -- the ratio of hourl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    Unemployment Up to 7.6 Percent, 598K Jobs Lost

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics just released released job numbers for January, and the new is not good. Non-farm employment by 598,000 jobs last month, the biggest one-month drop since 1974, increasing the official unemployment rate from 7.2 to 7.6 percent. (That rate excludes longtime discouraged w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2008

    USLBS Survey: NYers Make More Money

    The New York Times' City Room Blog draws our attention to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report considering wages in the Greater Metropolitan Area. It says that our average wages are "significantly higher than the national averages in every category." Unsurprisingly, the further down the wage sc ... More >>

  • News

    October 17, 2006

    Trouble in the Air

    Reagan's mass firing of air traffic controllers made American skies much less safe in the 1980s. Is Bush's flight plan the same?

  • News

    June 8, 2004

    Kiss Your Career Goodbye

    Welcome, new workers, to the world of McJobs

  • News

    March 9, 2004

    The Ambition Tax

    Why America's young are being crushed by debt—and why no one seems to care

  • News

    September 9, 2003

    A Post–9-11 Reality Check

    The Soaring Cost of Iraq 'Peace,' the Soaring Cost of Life in America

  • News

    March 11, 2003

    Bush's War on Women, Part Two

    The Myth of Progress

  • News

    July 18, 2000

    Don't Mourn—Reorganize!

    Unlikely Alliances With Activists and Immigrants Help Unions Stage a Comeback

  • News

    August 3, 1999

    Cruising Altitude

    A Visionary Inventor Takes the High Road— and Builds a Car That Flies

  • News

    November 17, 1998