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Finding Local Jobs Stories in BLS Data: Self-guided training

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The free webinar, “Finding Local Jobs Stories in BLS Data,” originally took place July 10, 2012.

CNNMoney’s senior writer, Tami Luhby, offers tips on using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to find jobs stories in your community.


You will learn how to use BLS numbers to find and analyze the following data:

  • Unemployment: Dig deeper into the national unemployment figures and find stats on the jobless by age, industry, race and education level.
  • Employment sectors: How many people work in leisure/hospitality or finance or in your area, and how has that changed over the past year, five years or 10 years?
  • Wages: Find fun facts such as how average weekly wages have changed in your state or metro area. You can search for all employees or specific sectors.
  • Hot jobs: What professions are the fastest-growing nationally? How many carpenter jobs will exist in 2018? How many registered nurses?
  • Employment population ratio, percentage of population in the workforce: Find out why these two measures can be more telling than just the unemployment rate alone.

Note: You don’t need to have a familiarity with Excel spreadsheets to benefit from this training. However, much BLS data can be downloaded and analyzed in Excel.

Tami Luhby

Tami Luhby


Tami Luhby is a senior writer at CNNMoney.com, where she covers the economy. Previously, she covered personal finance for Newsday. Before joining Newsday, she worked at Crain’s New York Business and American Banker. Luhby also teaches at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, from which she graduated in 1997.


Check out the resources below. At your own pace, you can walk through the self-guided lesson on finding local jobs stories in your community.

Session recording

PowerPoint presentation

Additional resources


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