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Federal Government Agencies
The U.S. government can be a rich source of information if you know
where to look. Here are the agency web sites with informaton and data
important to HR professonals and researchers.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
If you need data on employment, unemployment, wages and earnings, benefits, productivity, workplace injuries, etc., this is the place to go. Be prepared to spend some time negotiating this web site and reading about the statistical series available. The A – Z topic index (upper right hand corner) is useful.
Department of Labor
This is a huge web site. You can find FAQ’s and full text of laws & regulations on wages and hours, workplace safety & health, retirement & health benefits, union membership, plus information on regulations that affect hiring and termination practices. DOL full-text publications include the Occupational Outlook Handbook (see below) and the Monthly Labor Review. To find what you need, use the audience-oriented portals (left-hand of homepage) or the A – Z topic index.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Reports, statistics, and news related to the work of the EEOC. The site also provides fact sheets explaining different types of discrimination.
Office of Personnel Management
This agency manages federal government employees.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
This administration is a part of the Department of Labor that ensures workplace health and safety including whistleblower provisions.
Social Security Administration
This administration handles retirement, disability and survivors benefits.
U.S. Census Bureau
The major source for U.S. population and housing statistics, derived from the decennial population census and more current surveys. U.S. business and industry are profiled by the economic census, taken every 5 years.
State and Local Government Agencies