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Putting America to Work: The Essential Role of Federal Labor Market Statistics

Posted by Anthony Dais - On January 19, 2011 (EST)

A new discussion posted at the request of Andrew Reamer,

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution and

Research Professor, George Washington Institute of Public Policy, George Washington



On November 10, 2010 The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program’s white paper and policy brief entitled “Putting America to Work: The Essential Role of Federal Labor Market Statistics,” was released.  The paper asserts that a healthy U.S. economy requires well-functioning labor markets, which in turn depend on a strong federal labor market statistics system.  Labor market participants—students, workers, educators, and employers—and policymakers need good labor market information in order to make intelligent choices about career and training paths, business location and hiring, and public investment and policy.  These decisions have become more numerous and complex as employers increasingly seek workers with higher skills and a postsecondary credential and as more frequent industry and occupational restructuring requires workers to periodically enhance their skills through education and training.  The recession has quickened these trends.  Consequently, the need for good labor data that informs decision-making is greater than ever, particularly on behalf of workers currently having difficulty finding a job.


The publication of the paper was preceded by a day-long roundtable on September 27, 2010 at Brookings at which presenters and attendees discussed the value of data to labor market functioning, innovations in labor market information, and the ability of the statistical system to meet user needs.  Presentations from the day are available online.


After your review of the white paper and the other materials, you are invited to post a comment in the Community Exchange at


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