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Why This Counts: Medical Care Services

Filed in Data by on March 27, 2015 0 Comments
Why This Counts: Medical Care Services

Editor’s note: This has been cross-posted from our Bureau of Labor Statistics’ blog. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is best known for our monthly job and inflation reports. We also publish data on many other topics, ranging from how Americans spend their time and money to workplace injuries and the growth of entrepreneurship. My new […]

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The Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act Turns 45

Filed in DOL, Mining, Safety by on March 26, 2015 0 Comments
The Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act Turns 45

On a November morning in 1968, a powerful blast ripped through an underground coal mine in Farmington, West Virginia. The explosion was so large it was felt several miles away. Only 21 of the 99 miners underground were able to escape, leaving 78 to perish. The cause of the Farmington disaster, although never conclusively determined, […]

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The Triangle Fire’s Lasting Legacy

The Triangle Fire’s Lasting Legacy

Editor’s Note: This was originally posted on the Huffington Post. View the original here.  Frances Perkins was having tea with a friend when she heard the fire engines. They looked out to see a crowd rushing past them toward the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, whose top floors were shrouded in smoke and flames. Women and girls crowded […]

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Texas City BP Explosion: A Decade Later

Filed in Safety by on March 23, 2015 0 Comments
Texas City BP Explosion: A Decade Later

Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the BP plant explosion in Texas City, Texas, that killed 15 workers and injured 170. In the decade since, workers have died in similar disasters at West Fertilizer in West Texas; Tesoro in Anacortes, Washington; DuPont in Laporte, Indiana; and many more. Sometimes these events are seen as accidents, […]

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Sunshine Week 2015: Making Data More Accessible

Filed in DOL, Open Government by on March 20, 2015 0 Comments
Sunshine Week 2015: Making Data More Accessible

Statistics define how our nation’s economy is changing, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics is committed to making our data more accessible and user-friendly. As part of this commitment, we offer an application programming interface − or API − that provides access to all of our economic data. The API lets developers create applications, tools […]

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Spring Has Sprung: Don’t Get Caught Out in the Storm!

Filed in Safety by on March 20, 2015 0 Comments
Spring Has Sprung: Don’t Get Caught Out in the Storm!

Happy first day of spring! We may have finally left winter snow and ice in the rearview mirror, but other severe weather still lies ahead. Here at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, we know the best way to weather a storm is to be prepared for it. Each year, we experience severe weather outbreaks […]

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Redesigned Developer Portal: Now Open Source!

Filed in Open Government by on March 20, 2015 0 Comments
Redesigned Developer Portal: Now Open Source!

In May of last year, we volunteered for a GSA-sponsored user experience (UX) review of our developer portal. This brutally honest critique laid bare what was great, what was downright awful and quite a bit in between. Since then, we assembled a small cross-discipline team to right the wrongs and give anyone who wants to […]

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Facts About Women and the Minimum Wage

Filed in Minimum Wage, Women by on March 19, 2015 0 Comments
Facts About Women and the Minimum Wage

Read this post in Spanish When it comes to the minimum wage, far too many working women in this country deserve a raise. Women account for less than half of the U.S. working population, yet nearly 6 in 10 workers earning the minimum wage are women. Many are working full time and are the sole […]

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Everything is Better When The Sun is Shining!

Filed in Open Government by on March 18, 2015 0 Comments
Everything is Better When The Sun is Shining!

Is your favorite eatery paying its waiters fairly? Is that local construction company keeping its roofers safe? What about that company that just won a federal contract, have they ever violated a civil rights law? Did you know that you can find all that out and more through dol.gov? We here at the Labor Department […]

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More Veterans Connecting with Opportunity

More Veterans Connecting with Opportunity

Every year in March the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its annual Employment Situation of Veterans report, which in years past – during the depths of our economic crisis – was often a source of bad news. That’s changed, decisively. The report released today, which provides average statistics for 2014 for various groups of veterans, […]

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