Analyze Compensation Plans and Evaluate the Labor Market – BLS Data for the HR Professional

Thursday 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Session Description

The Bureau of Labor Statistics collects and publishes data that are relevant to many issues faced by human resource professionals – wage rates, benefits provisions and costs, wage changes, “cost of living” changes, workplace injury rates. These data belong to you, they are in the public domain and available free of charge. In addition to providing an overview of the U.S. and Missouri labor markets, this session will describe the range of human resources data published by the BLS and teach you how to find the data when you need it.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn how the U.S. and Missouri labor markets are faring.
  2. Discover the range of human resources data products published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  3. Know how to find and use BLS compensation and inflation data in your planning and analysis.


Jacqueline Michael-Midkiff

Jacqueline Michael-Midkiff is the Regional Economist for the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Mountain-Plains Economic Analysis and Information Office located in Kansas City. Her responsibilities include providing guidance to the public and media on the uses of BLS data products including employment projections, wage levels, benefits trends, inflation rates, and work-related injury and fatality statistics. Jacqueline has a master’s degree in public affairs, as well as bachelor’s degrees in business and economics. She is a graduate of William Jewell College and Park University.