Jobs Friday! Now with American Indian and Alaska Native data : The Indicator from Planet Money The Bureau of Labor Statistics has finally added American Indian and Alaska Native labor data to its monthly jobs numbers. Why it's important and how the Minneapolis Fed proved it was possible.

Adding American Indians and Alaska Natives to Jobs Friday

Adding American Indians and Alaska Natives to Jobs Friday

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For years, the Bureau of Labor Statistics didn't include monthly employment data for American Indians and Alaska Natives in its monthly jobs update.

Casey Lozar of the Minneapolis Fed's Center for Indian Country Development saw how this invisibility could hamstring policymakers and American Indian and Alaska Native leaders in decision making. So, Casey and his team took matters into their own hands.

Today, we talk to Casey about his work and learn how their dashboard proved that employment data on American Indian and Alaska Natives was worth publicizing to a greater audience.

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