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For one of my classes we need three government report references and I am a little stuck on where I should go to find them.

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Our topic is cultural similarities/differences and their influences on productivity so I thought a breakdown of the cultures present in the U.S. workforce or even just the size and population of the U.S. workforce would be good, but I have no idea how to go about finding these in reports. Can you help me? Thank you for everything you do!

Answered By: Linda Kern
Last Updated: Dec 12, 2016     Views: 12

Hello!

You need the Bureau of Labor Statistics! They know pretty much everything about the US workforce. There are a couple of ways to approach the search.

  1. You can browse their web site at http://www.bls.gov/. Under the Subject Areas tab you will find categories such as Worker Characteristics, Employment Projections, and National Employment. Categories such as these will have statistics on everything you want to know.
  2. You can search the web site using Google. Try this search: size composition US workforce site:bls.gov . The search is structured to search only the specific web site, bls.gov. This search generates a variety of results, including numerous analytical writings such as Labor Force Projections to 2016.

Other government agencies also monitor the labor market. The search above can be expanded by dropping the "bls" part, like this: size composition US workforce site:.gov . Now Google is searching all government websites. These results include The Role of Immigrants in the U.S. Labor Market from the Congressional Budget Office and Futurework: Trends and Challenges for Work in the 21st Century from the Department of Labor. Some of those changes will probably include ethnicity and cultural components.

If there is anything else you need, please let us know!

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