Labor Force Statistics


To provide, analyze, and publish statistical data on payroll employment and the civilian labor force, employment and unemployment, persons not in the labor force, labor demand and turnover, wages, hours, earnings, occupational employment, time use, and employment projections. Data are for the nation, states, metropolitan areas, and counties. Data can be monthly, quarterly, or annual.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; L - Dissemination of Technical Information; Z - Salaries and Expenses
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Public Laws 58-57, 62-426, 71-537, 82-203, 93-203, 93-567, 94-206, 94-311, and 94-369; 29 U.S.C. 1, 2, 2b,5, 8, 882, 1601
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
SWAs designated under Section 4 of the Wagner-Peyser Act (as amended by the Workforce Investment Act and subsequently the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) are eligible to apply for cooperative agreement funding to operate the Current Employment Statistics (CES), Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS), Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), and Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) programs in the states. BLS may select an alternative applicant if a SWA declines to apply for cooperative agreement funding or otherwise substantially fails to meet BLS application and performance requirements. Requests for technical information may be made by the general public.
Beneficiary Eligibility
General public may request information from the SWAs and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Draft and final applications for cooperative agreement funding are submitted to the appropriate regional office of the Bureau of Labor Statistics according to a schedule of key dates. Requests for information may be made to the nearest regional office of the Bureau of Labor Statistics listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Award Procedure
Upon submission of an acceptable application and after negotiation of specific program deliverables and costs, the Bureau of Labor Statistics awards cooperative agreement funding to the SWA.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. The typical process would include guidelines and application materials being mailed to SWA in early summer, with initial drafts required by mid-summer, and final applications due by late summer. Cooperative agreements are executed and become effective October 1.
Not applicable.
Each fiscal year the Bureau of Labor Statistics enters into new cooperative agreements with appropriate SWAs.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Funds in the form of cooperative agreements are available to state agencies designated by the Governor, usually State Workforce Agencies (SWA), for staffing, travel, equipment, expenses, and indirect costs of statistical business process operations such as sample refinement, data collection, non-response follow-up, data review and editing, estimation, data analysis, and data dissemination.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Audit requirements are in accordance with 2 CFR 200.
Recordkeeping is in accordance with 2 CFR 200.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Cooperative agreement funding generally is for a single fiscal year. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Contact the nearest regional office of the Bureau of Labor Statistics listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Kenneth Robertson
2 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E.
Washington, DC 20212 US
Phone: (202) 691-5400.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 18$272,759,101.00; FY 19 est $276,000,000.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$267,571,094.00; FY 16$262,746,958.00; - (Grants) FY 18 $70,386,000; FY 19 est $70,126,000; and FY 20 est Not Available.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The size of each cooperative agreement reflects the staff and non-personal resources required to operate the programs in a state. The range of awards in fiscal year 2018 was from $52,000 (Guam) to $7,329,000 (California). The average was $1,303,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
"Employment and Earnings;" "Monthly Labor Review;" "Occupational Employment and Wages;" BLS Handbook of Methods;" "Publications of the Bureau of Labor Statistics;" "Handbook of Labor Statistics;" "Geographic Profile of Employment and Unemployment;" and "Employment and Wages." Monthly Press Releases: "The Employment Situation"; "Charting the Labor Market;" "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment;" and "State Employment and Unemployment;" "Job Openings and Labor Turnover;" and "Real Earnings." Quarterly Press Releases: "County Employment and Wages," "Usual Weekly Earnings," and "Business Employment Dynamics." Cooperative agreement application instructions, including all applicable regulations, are available from Bureau of Labor Statistics regional offices free of charge.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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