OPA News Release: [10/05/2011]
Contact Name: Jennifer Kaplan or David Roberts
Phone Number: (202) 693-5052 or x5945
Release Number: 11-1458-NAT
US Labor Department launches economic and employment statistics app
Smartphone users gain mobile access to latest labor data and news
WASHINGTON The most up-to-date employment data and economic news releases from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics and its Employment and Training Administration now can be viewed using a new mobile application.
The free app displays real-time updates to the unemployment rate, Unemployment Insurance initial claims, the Consumer Price Index, payroll employment, average hourly earnings, the Producer Price Index, the Employment Cost Index, productivity, the U.S. Import Price Index and the U.S. Export Price Index as they are published each week, month or quarter. News releases providing context for the data are also available through the app and can be viewed within a mobile browser or as PDF documents.
"We know that people around the world are interested in labor statistics," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "The Labor Department is continuously exploring how to share important information using the fastest, simplest, most wide-reaching means available, and this app allows us to increase the accessibility of our statistical data."
The new app is currently available for the iPhone and iPod Touch as well as Android phones. The Labor Department is working to develop versions for BlackBerry and iPad devices. Visit http://m.dol.gov/apps/ to download this and other mobile apps.