The Data is Back! Federal Agencies Announce Return of Economic Information Post-Shutdown
Even though federal offices were back in business and open to the public yesterday following the 16-day government shutdown, some agencies that collect, analyze and distribute data will be playing catch up for months. The Department of Labor announced yesterday that it would release its postponed September employment report on Tuesday, October 22. The report, which was originally scheduled to be released on Friday, October 4, is a highly publicized and critical set of monthly economic indicators from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS also posted a new schedule for other reports on its website, which suggests it may be a while before the agency gets back on track.
Deadlines for at least seven BLS reports passed during the shutdown, including the U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes, the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, and the Consumer Price Index, each of which will be released within the next two weeks. The next employment situation report (reflecting data from October) would have been released November 1, but it will now be issued a week later, on November 8. Revisions to release dates for another 15 reports that would have been released in October, November and December are still being planned. Here is what the new BLS schedule looks like: