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First Seminar of New BLS & TTU Partnership


First Seminar

The first seminar of the new BLS & TTU partnership was a success. On October 4, BLS economists Justin Copple and Julie Percival from the Dallas office held a seminar with undergraduate students from the Department of Economics. Justin and Julie explained the mission and the structure of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), before discussing some of the key BLS data and resources available for economists. Finally, Justin and Julie talked about career opportunities in the field of Economics. The slides of the seminar are available here.

Link to Presentation

Justin Copple recently went through the transition from college to work himself, as he has graduated from Texas Tech University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics, and a Minor in Mathematics and Actuarial Science. Check out this video by Justin, where he talks about his experience at the Department of Economics in our new video series: In Their Own Words.

BLS & TTU Partnership

The partnership of the Department of Economics and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) - Dallas Regional Office is part of the Regional Campus Ambassadors Program of the BLS and aims at:

  • Fostering a relationship between the BLS and Texas Tech University;
  • Raising student awareness of BLS programs and data;
  • Providing presentations and resources on how the BLS measures important indicators in the US economy, such as unemployment and inflation;
  • Assisting with navigation of the BLS website;
  • Providing additional contacts to the Department and Texas Tech on nationwide job opportunities for students; and
  • Providing tips on how to apply for federal government jobs via www.usajobs.gov.

This partnership results in a series of seminars and presentations conducted on campus (or virtually) by professional staff members of the BLS. Dates of these presentations are announced on this website. Please monitor “Announcements” on the Department's website.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the official governmental entity that measures labor market activity, working conditions, price changes, and productivity in the U.S. economy to support public and private decision making.  For more on the BLS, click here