Handbook of U.S. Labor Statistics 2023

Rowman & Littlefield. Jul. 2023. 460p. ed. by Mary Meghan Ryan. ISBN 9781636714004. $214. REF
Labor market data is important for researchers in multiple fields to be able to easily access. This new edition of a classic annual reference volume, once again edited by Ryan, compiles more than 200 tables covering all aspects of U.S. labor market data, from unemployment to pricing to productivity. Extensive background notes, definitions, and at least one figure begin most chapters. This version once again includes a chapter on COVID’s continuing impact on the labor market. While there is not much explained in the way of methodology, the volume does make plenty of references to more comprehensive reports that readers can access if needed. With straightforward, easy-to-read tables and figures to answer nearly every labor-related reference question, this is, without a doubt, the type of reference book that every library should have on its shelves. It also demonstrates that so much can happen in a year, so it’s worth updating annually.
VERDICT The most authoritative and up-to-date source on United States labor market data available in print. A must-purchase.
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