Originally Posted by DFW_M5
From my perspective, I do not place much credence on any statistics coming from the Gummit.
Say what you will about the US Government, I've been impressed with the degree and relative speed to which they've adopted the Internet.
There is quite a bit of great data available on various government sites, especially of the economic variety.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has excellent data series that can be used to research employment related data. Databases, Tables & Calculators by Subject
One of the best sites for general economic data is the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank's FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data): https://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/
The things not to trust (at least not without checking the sources) are the digested reports based on these data sources. The cool thing is that in most cases (as long as the reports quote their sources), it's easy for anybody to double-check the data underlying the reports and see if there are different conclusions one might come to.