Labor Market Analysis with R: Will Obama Ever be Beat?

No matter how many jobs are promised, Barak Obama’s administration will be nearly impossible to beat when it comes to employment growth. The following code uses the blcrapeR package, which is available on CRAN. Politicians talk a lot about jobs and unemployment, even though the actual power they have over the labor market is up Read More


Map Projections for R Shapefiles: United States

Someone contacted me recently about the map projections used in my blscrapeR package. After a bit of web searching, I couldn’t find a really good list of map projections for the continental U.S. that could be used in R. This list is as much for my own reference as anyone else, but hope you find Read More


Use R to Calculate Inflation with the blscrapeR Package

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is the main standard for tracking the inflation of the U.S. dollar. The various CPI measures are published monthly by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For this walk-through, we will be using the blcsrapeR package to download our data from the BLS and perform the calculation. The blscrapeR package can Read More


Calculate Wages and Benefits in R with blscrapeR

The most difficult thing about working with BLS data is gaining a clear understanding on what data are available and what they represent. Some of the more popular data sets can be found on the BLS Databases, Tables & Calculations website. The selected examples below do not include all series or databases. Install blscrapeR The Read More


Using blscrapeR to Map County Unemployment Data

The blscrapeR package makes it easy to produce choropleth maps of various employment and unemployment rates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.) Install blscrapeR from CRAN: install.packages(“blscrapeR”) It’s easy enough to pull a metric for a certain county. The code below pulls the unemployment rates for Orange County, FL from the BLS API. library(blscrapeR) Read More