What Labor Department Data Do You Want?

Apr 17, 2015
Data set icons from the US Department of Labor's Developer Portal; a maroon plus sign, a green bank icon, a blue bar chart and a purple question mark

Four years ago, we released our Labor Department-wide API—that is, an Application Programming Interface—with the hope that anyone who wants to build an app using our data could do so easily. At the time, we started off with three datasets. Today, we have around 200, including workplace injuries and illnesses, the unemployment rate, companies’ compliance with wage and hour laws, and many other important topics. We hope that the data we publish can help people who have jobs, are looking for jobs or are even retired from their jobs.

Department of Labor's Developer Portal website showing some Health and Safety datasets

Data has the power to help American businesses compete, succeed and hire more people. It can even spawn an entire industry. A great example is how the National Weather Service’s data is used by major retailers and the airline industry, among others, to make critical decisions on a daily basis.

If you have an idea for an app that would help you and the public access certain types of information, but don’t see a dataset that you’re looking for, let us know. We are currently working on more data to release, and need to know what is important to you. Even if you aren’t a developer, you can help us prioritize what we publish. Comment below, or even better yet, create an “issue” on our API’s GitHub site where we will track all of your requests.

Thanks for taking the time to tell us what you think!

Mike Pulsifer is a lead IT specialist at the U.S. Department of Labor. This post was originally published on the Department of Labor’s blog.