See also Work and Poverty in Illinois and Work and Poverty in Chicago.
DOL is made up of several bureaus (see http://www.dol.gov/dol/public/agencies/agency.htm for a list). Two of these are listed below.
The BLS Data page includes data reports, news releases, data sets, and an FTP site for more complicated data. There is a brief introduction and a help button for each type of information/data offered at this site.
"Estimates obtained from the CPS include employment, unemployment, earnings, hours of work, and other indicators. They are available by a variety of demographic characteristics including age, sex, race, marital status, and educational attainment. They are also available by occupation, industry, and class of worker. Supplemental questions to produce estimates on a variety of topics including school enrollment, income, previous work experience, health, employee benefits, and work schedules are also often added to the regular CPS questionnaire."
The CPS page includes a search button that offers several different ways to search the site. The options are explained, and help is provided for each.
Office of Small Business Programs
- Text-only site
- Search engine
- Commission on the Future of Worker-Management Relations: "Fact Finding Report" (May 1994): Executive Summary
National Foundation for Women Business Owners
The National Foundation for Women Business Owners (NFWBO) is a nonprofit research and leadership development foundation. NFWBO is recognized as the premier source of information and intelligence on women business owners and their enterprises by corporations, policy makers, financial institutions and the media. Below are listed some of their press releases. (Full reports must be bought from NFWBO.)
U.S. Small Business Administration
Office of Advocacy - Women in Business
Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration
- QDROs: The Division of Pensions through Qualified Domestic Relations Orders
- Women and Pensions: What Women Need to Know and Do
Employment and Training Administration
Women's Bureau Fair Pay Clearing House
Fact sheets on women in the workplace
Current Population Survey
- Child Care Workers
- Hiring Someone to Work in your Home
- Outlook On Women Veterans
- Hot Jobs For The 21st Century
- 20 Leading Occupations for Women in 1996
- Nontraditional Occupations for Women in 1996
- Black Women in the Labor Force
- 20 Facts on Women Workers
- Women of Hispanic Origin in the Labor Force
- Earnings Differences Between Women and Men
- Women Who Maintain Families
Detailed Tables on Health Insurance Coverage (includes information on gender, age, ethnicity/race, and education)
- Census Data on Employment and Earnings
- Employment and Earnings Characteristics of Families: Fourth Quarter 1993 (some gender information)
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers: Second Quarter (1996 earnings by ethnicity/race and gender)
- Employment and Earnings Data
Links to several data sets with information on gender, age, ethnicity/race, and age, including:
- Employment status
- Characteristics of the Employed
- Characteristics of the Unemployed
- Persons Not in the Labor Force
- Weekly Earnings Data
- Union Affiliation Data
- Employee Absences Data
Women's Earnings as Percent of Men's, 1979-1997
Women as a proportion of employed scientists and engineers, by sector of employment: 1995
From the National Science Foundation.
Proportion of women in the Science and Engineering workforce, by broad occupation: 1995
From the National Science Foundation.
"What Works!: The Final Working Women Count Honor Roll Report"
"Reflects the commitment of organizations across the United States who have heard what working women say they need - better pay and benefits, balance between work and family responsibilities, and more respect and opportunity on the job - and responded!"
Care Around the Clock: Developing Child Care Resources Before 9 and After 5
Directory of Non-Traditional Training and Employment Programs Serving Women
The U.S. Census Poverty Page will point you in a number of directions, including statistics, tables, general information, and a search tool to further specify your search interests.
Current Population Survey (CPS) Publications
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
- Poverty general page on poverty in the U.S.
- Regional, state, and area trends (no gender data)
- Analytical research and data publications (some info on gender, not region)
- Employment and Earnings Data
Links to several data sets, including information on gender, age, and ethnicity/race; includes characteristics of the unemployed, persons not in the labor force.
- Detailed Tables on Poverty for 1996 include information on gender, age, ethnicity/race, and household relationship.
- Detailed Tables on Poverty for 1995 include information on gender, age, ethnicity/race, and household relationship.
- Detailed Tables on Poverty for 1994 include information on gender, age, ethnicity/race, and household relationship.
- Press Release on 1996 Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Estimates (Rel. September 1997)
- Employment Characteristics of Families: 1996 (Rel. June 1997)
- College Enrollment and Work Activity of 1995 High School Graduates
- Detailed Tables on Family Income for 1994 - 1996 include info on gender, age, ethnicity/race, type of family, and location.
- Detailed Person Income Tables for 1994 - 1996 include info on gender, age, ethnicity/race
- Detailed Tables About People's Annual Work Experience includes info on gender, race/ethnicity
Children's Defense Fund report "Welfare to What?" http://www.childrensdefense.org/fairstart_welfare2what.html
- Employment and Unemployment some info on gender
- Employment Characteristics of Families: 1996 some info on gender
CDF and the National Coalition for the Homeless have released a joint report showing that, although more families are moving from welfare to work, many of them are faring worse than before. Many former recipients lack food, needed medical care, and stable housing. Among recipients who find jobs, 71 percent earn below the three-person poverty level ($250 per week). The 67-page report, titled Welfare to What?: Early Findings on Family Hardship and Well-Being compiles more than 30 state and local studies and presents new national and local findings. While highlighting many positive state programs, the report also catalogs troubling state practices that cause families to move from welfare to worse.
Economic Research Service Report -- Changes in the Social and Economic Status of Women by Metro - Nonmetro Residence
United States Department of Labor: Laws and Regulations
Laws, regulations and statutes concerning labor.
OSHA Workplace Injury and Illness Statistics
Occupational Safety and Health Administration data on workplace injuries and illnesses. Some reports are in Adobe Acrobat .pdf files. (NOTE: You may need to download and install Adobe Acrobat to be able to access some documents.)