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.

Agency - Department of Labor

The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners and retirees by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities, protecting their retirement and health benefits and generally protecting worker rights and monitoring national economic measures.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Contact the nearest regional office of the Bureau of Labor Statistics listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Website Address

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

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.

Eligibility Requirements

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.


No Credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

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 Procedures

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 office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


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.

Range of Approval/Disapproval 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.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Cooperative agreement funding generally is for a single fiscal year. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements


LMI Cooperative Agreement reporting requirements are based on the SWAs Cost Accounting System (CAS) reports or their Financial Accounting and Reporting System (FARS) equivalents.

CAS report 65, or FARS Report 11, is submitted monthly.

CAS reports 61, and 94B, or FARS Report 12A and 17, are submitted quarterly.

SWAs choosing not to use the CAS- or FARS- generated reports must submit the LMI Cooperative Statistics Financial Report in lieu of CAS reports 61, 65 and 94B or FARS reports 11, 12A and 17.

This report is submitted monthly for data which would appear on CAS report 65 or FARS report 11, and quarterly for CAS reports 61 and 94B, or FARS reports or 12A and 17.

Federal Financial Reports are required and submitted on a quarterly basis.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is 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.


Recordkeeping is in accordance with 2 CFR 200.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries) FY 16 $262,746,958; FY 17 est $267,705,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available - (Grants) FY 16 $70,701,000; FY 17 est 72,928,000; and FY 18 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 2016 was from $61,000 (Guam) to $7,208,000 (California). The average was $1,309,000.

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;' 'Unemployment in States and Local Areas;' '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 'Regional 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.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Contact the nearest regional office of the Bureau of Labor Statistics listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Michael Horrigan 2 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Washington, District of Columbia 20212 Phone: (202) 691-6400.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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