Erica L. Groshen (born August 6, 1954) is the former Commissioner of Labor Statistics and head of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the independent, principal fact-finding agency for the U.S. government in the broad fields of labor economics and statistics, inflation, and productivity.[1] BLS is part of the U.S. Department of Labor. For information on her activities at BLS, see the BLS Commissioner's Corner blog.

Erica L. Groshen
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Commissioner of Labor Statistics
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
In office
January 28, 2013 – January 27, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byJohn M. Galvin (Acting)
Succeeded byWilliam Wiatrowski (Acting)
Preceded byKeith Hall
Personal details
Born (1954-08-06) August 6, 1954 (age 65)
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison (B.S.)
Harvard University (Ph.D.)

Groshen was nominated for the BLS post in February, 2012, and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate in January, 2013.[2][3][4] Her term ended on January 27, 2017.

Previously, Groshen served as a vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.[5] Dr. Groshen’s research focuses on jobless recoveries, regional labor markets, wage rigidity and dispersion, the male-female wage differential, service-sector employment, and the role of employers in labor market outcomes. She co-authored the book How New is the “New Employment Contract”? from the W.E. Upjohn Institute Press and co-edited Structural Changes in U.S. Labor Markets: Causes and Consequences, from M.E. Sharpe, Inc. She has published numerous papers in academic and Federal Reserve journals and co-led the sixteen-country International Wage Flexibility Project. She was a founding editor of the New York Fed’s Liberty Street Economics Blog and also an editor of the Current Issues in Economic and Finance and Economic Policy Review publication series.

She has served as a member of the BLS Data Users’ Advisory Committee and the Census Bureau’s 2010 Census Advisory Committee and also as an American Economic Association representative to the Census Advisory Committee of Professional Associations. She was also a Research Fellow of the IZA Institute of Labor Economics, a private independent economic research institute focused on the analysis of global labor markets and served on the Board of Reviewers for Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economics and Society from 1991 until 2013.

From 2006 to 2010, Dr. Groshen was the Director of Regional Affairs at the New York Fed, leading its efforts to connect with the business, education, and policy communities in the 2nd Federal Reserve District. She helped lead initiatives to mitigate the impact of mortgage foreclosures on the region and the Federal Reserve System’s Mortgage Outreach and Research Efforts. On behalf of the New York Fed, she initiated the effort to form the consortium of thirteen research institutions that created the New York Census Research Data Center at Baruch College in 2006.

In 1999-2000, Dr. Groshen visited the Bank for International Settlements in Basel Switzerland. Prior to that, she served as head of domestic research and of international research in the Research Group at the New York Fed. Before joining the New York Fed in 1994, Dr. Groshen was a visiting assistant professor of economics at Barnard College at Columbia University and an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, where she focused on employment and regional issues.

Groshen received a bachelor's degree in economics and mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.[5]


  1. ^ "Erica L. Groshen, Commissioner". Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
  2. ^ Presidential Nominations, 112th Congress (2011 - 2012), PN1404-112, Library of Congress,
  3. ^ Senate Confirms Erica Groshen to Head Bureau of Labor Statistics, by Jeffrey Sparshott at Wall Street Journal blog
  4. ^ On the Senate Floor, Wednesday, January 2, 2013 Archived February 17, 2013, at at
  5. ^ a b Erica Groshen at Federal Reserve Bank of New York site