Economic News Releases



Consumer Price Index

August 14, 2008
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 0.8 percent in July, following a 1.1 percent increase in June. The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.3 percent, the second straight such increase. Full text: (HTML) (PDF)

Employment Cost Index

July 31, 2008
Total compensation costs for civilian workers increased 0.7 percent, seasonally adjusted, from March to June 2008, the same as the increase in the previous quarter. For the year ended June 2008, compensation costs rose 3.1 percent; the June 2007 12-month percent increase was 3.3 percent. Full text: (HTML) (PDF)

Employment Situation

September 05, 2008
The unemployment rate rose from 5.7 to 6.1 percent in August, and nonfarm payroll employment continued to trend down (-84,000). In August, employment fell in manufacturing and employment services, while mining and health care continued to add jobs. Full text: (HTML) (PDF)

Producer Price Index

September 12, 2008
The Producer Price Index for Finished Goods fell 0.9 percent in August, seasonally adjusted. This decrease followed advances of 1.2 percent in July and 1.8 percent in June. Prices for finished goods other than foods and energy advanced 0.2 percent following a 0.7-percent rise in the previous month. Full text: (HTML) (PDF)

Productivity and Costs

September 04, 2008
Productivity grew 4.3 percent in the nonfarm business sector in the second quarter of 2008, and unit labor costs declined 0.5 percent. In manufacturing, productivity fell 2.2 percent in the second quarter of 2008; unit labor costs rose 6.2 percent. All rates are seasonally adjusted annual rates. Full text: (HTML) (PDF)

Real Earnings

August 14, 2008
Real average weekly earnings fell by 0.8 percent in July 2008. A 0.3 percent increase in average hourly earnings was offset by a 0.3 percent decrease in average weekly hours and a 0.9 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). Real earnings were down 3.1 percent from a year ago. Full text: (HTML) (PDF)

U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes

September 11, 2008
The U.S. Import Price Index decreased 3.7 percent in August, after a revised 0.2 percent advance in July. A 12.8 percent drop in petroleum prices led the August decline. Prices for overall exports decreased 1.7 percent for the month. Full text: (HTML) (PDF)

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  • Employment Situation (HTML) (PDF)
  • Commissioner's Statement on the Employment Situation (HTML) (PDF)
  • Job Openings and Labor Turnover (HTML) (PDF)
  • Mass Layoffs (HTML) (PDF)
  • Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment (HTML) (PDF)
  • Real Earnings (HTML) (PDF)
  • Regional and State Employment and Unemployment (HTML) (PDF)

Quarterly, annual, and other

  • American Time Use Survey (HTML) (PDF)
  • Business Employment Dynamics (HTML) (PDF)
  • College Enrollment and Work Activity of High School Graduates (HTML) (PDF)
  • Computer and Internet Use at Work (HTML) (PDF)
  • Contingent and Alternative Employment Arrangements (HTML) (PDF)
  • County Employment and Wages (HTML) (PDF)
  • Employee Tenure (HTML) (PDF)
  • Employment Characteristics of Families (HTML) (PDF)
  • Employment Experience of Youths: Results from a Longitudinal Survey (HTML) (PDF)
  • Employment Situation of Veterans (HTML) (PDF)
  • Extended Mass Layoffs (HTML) (PDF)
  • Extended Mass Layoffs Associated with Domestic and Overseas Relocations (HTML) (PDF)
  • Firm Size Class Quarterly Data (HTML) (PDF)
  • Foreign-born Workers: Labor Force Characteristics (HTML) (PDF)
  • Married Parents' Use of Time, 2003-06 (HTML) (PDF)
  • Number of Jobs, Labor Market Experience, and Earnings Growth: Results From A Longitudinal Survey (HTML) (PDF)
  • Occupational Employment and Wages (HTML) (PDF)
  • Regional and State Unemployment (Annual) (HTML) (PDF)
  • Summer Employment and Unemployment Among Youth (HTML) (PDF)
  • Union Members (HTML) (PDF)
  • Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage And Salary Workers (HTML) (PDF)
  • Volunteering in the United States (HTML) (PDF)
  • “Women in the Labor Force: A Databook” Updated (PDF)
  • Work At Home (HTML) (PDF)
  • Work Experience of the Population (HTML) (PDF)
  • Worker Displacement (HTML) (PDF)
  • Workers on Flexible and Shift Schedules (HTML) (PDF)


  • Consumer Price Index (HTML) (PDF)
  • Producer Price Index (HTML) (PDF)
  • U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes (HTML) (PDF)
  • Consumer Expenditures Survey (Annual) (HTML) (PDF)


  • Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (HTML) (PDF)
  • Employee Benefits in the United States (HTML) (PDF)
  • Employee Benefits in State and Local Government (HTML) (PDF)
  • Employer Costs for Employee Compensation (HTML) (PDF)
  • Employment Cost Index (HTML) (PDF)
  • Major Work Stoppages (HTML ) (PDF)
  • Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days Away From Work (HTML) (PDF)
  • Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (HTML) (PDF)
  • Occupational Pay Relatives (HTML) (PDF)


  • Multifactor Productivity Trends (HTML) (PDF)
  • Multifactor Productivity Trends for Detailed Industries (HTML) (PDF)
  • Multifactor Productivity Trends in Manufacturing (HTML) (PDF)
  • Productivity and Costs (HTML) (PDF)
  • Productivity and Costs by Industry: Manufacturing Industries (HTML) (PDF)
  • Productivity and Costs by Industry: Selected Service-Providing and Mining Industries (HTML) (PDF)
  • Productivity and Costs by Industry: Wholesale and Retail Trade, Food Services and Drinking Places (HTML) (PDF)


  • 2008-09 Edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook Published (HTML) (PDF)
  • Economic and Employment Projections (HTML) (PDF)


  • International Comparisons of Hourly Compensation Costs in Manufacturing (HTML) (PDF)
  • International Comparisons of Manufacturing Productivity and Unit Labor Cost Trends (HTML) (PDF)