The Midwest BLS Information Office in Chicago services the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

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Midwest Databases

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Need help getting started on your database search? Below is a list of the most frequently used BLS Databases in the Regions. If these databases do not contain the information you need, please visit the appropriate Program Homepage or contact this regional office for additional assistance.

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Midwest Frequently Asked Questions


Midwest Special Notices

  • Discontinuance of mailing paper copies of the Midwest Consumer Price Index (CPI) Summary
  • As of March 1, 2008, subscribers will no longer receive paper copies of the Midwest CPI Summary in the mail. The Midwest CPI Summary will continue to be available through the Bureaus Web site.

    A free email subscription service is available for the CPI announcement. Shortly after the CPI announcement is posted online each month, subscribers to this service receive an email message containing a link to the announcement. The subscription form with a list of available regional office CPI summaries (blue cards) is located at

    The mailing of regional CPI announcements (summaries) and other regional publications is being discontinued as a result of unanticipated budget constraints faced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. See for details.

  • The Rise and Decline of Auto Parts Manufacturing in the Midwest Prior to its recent decline, the Midwest auto parts manufacturing industry (which is three times as large as the regions auto assembly industry) experienced two distinct periods of employment and wage growth: strong expansion from 1992 to 1995 and modest gains from 1995 to 2000. This Monthly Labor Review article from the Chicago regional office examines employment and wage trends within the Midwest auto parts sector from 1992-2006 using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW).


Contact the Midwest Regional Office

Services provided to the public include


Library: Personal Assistance by BLS Economists

312 353-1880
This single point of contact provides access to the following information and publication services:

  • Telephone Information and Assistance: 312 353-1880, menu option 0
  • Information specialists are available from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Central Time to advise you on the availability of BLS data, publications, and information services. Staff economists also assist customers with technical questions regarding survey terms and definitions, and with the interpretation and application of BLS data.

    • If you prefer, you can fax your request to us at 312 353-1886. Or,
    • You can email your request to us.
      Responses to inquiries received by fax and e-mail are usually completed within one workday.
  • CPI Hotline: 312 353-1880, menu option 2

  • A 24 hour recorded message service containing the latest all items indexes and percent changes for the U.S., Midwest, and Chicago areas. The message also provides the issue date for the next monthly release.

    Additional CPI Hotlines in the Midwest

    These recordings provide the latest all items indexes and percent changes for the U.S. average and the local area as well as the issue date for the next monthly release.

    Indianapolis (U.S. only)
    Minneapolis-St. Paul
    (216) 522-3852
    (513) 684-2349
    (313) 226-7558
    (317) 226-7885
    (414) 276-2579
    (612) 725-3580

    Other Information Services

  • Related links
  • E-mail Subscription Service
  • The Midwest CPI Summary containing current indexes for the U.S. City Average, the Midwest, and 6 major Midwest metropolitan areas is now available by e-mail. Each month you can receive an e-mail notifying you of the latest CPI on the day it is issued. Visit the BLS News Service Subscription Page to sign-up for this free service.
  • Library
  • The regional office reference library is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Our collection includes all BLS Bulletins from 1884 to present, the Monthly Labor Review from 1913 to present, all BLS Reports, recent BLS news releases and summaries, and all BLS periodicals. Loan privileges are not offered but most current material may be obtained free of charge from the information staff.

  • Office Hours: Staff are available to assist visitors from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Central Time.
  • Address
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
    Office of Economic Analysis and Information
    J.C. Kluczynski Federal Office Building
    Room 960
    230 South Dearborn Street
    Chicago, IL 60604

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