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[Excerpt] 2013 is the International Year of Statistics, a worldwide celebration of the powerful and far-reaching effects of statistics on people's lives. The International Year of Statistics is supported by more than 2,250 organizations, including the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Established in 1884, the BLS publishes thousands of data series measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the U.S. economy. Over 500 million individual pieces of data are available on the BLS website, and thousands more are added every month. The BLS website,, records over 45 million page views each month, on average. This Spotlight presents selected BLS data and discusses how the statistics are produced and what they tell us about our economy.


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U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2013). BLS spotlight on statistics: 2013 - International year of statistics. Washington, D.C.: Author.