WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today issued the following statement about previously scheduled economic data:
"Due to the lapse in appropriations, the following releases, compiled by the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, will not be issued as scheduled:
- U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes, September 2013, will not be released on Thursday, Oct. 10. An important use of these indexes is to adjust the foreign trade component of the National Income and Product Accounts for inflation.
- Producer Price Index, September 2013, which measures the average change over time in the selling prices received by domestic producers for their output, will not be released on Friday, Oct. 11. The PPI is heavily used by business firms for escalation of contracts and payments.
- Consumer Price Index, September 2013, a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for a market basket of consumer goods and services, and Real Earnings, September 2013, which details current and constant-dollar earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls, will not be released on Oct. 16.
Alternative release dates have not been scheduled."