The History Behind All That U.S. Jobs Data [Infographic]


Even casual observers of business news have likely noticed that the federal government spews out information about the nation's economy and its people at a seemingly unstoppable pace.

From weekly reports on initial claims for jobless benefits to monthly reports on prices, employment, goods production and more to the decennial census, an army of government workers toil daily to provide analysts, politicians and everyday Americans with the information they need to make decisions that govern every aspect of their lives.