Bureau of Labor Statistics

tap-bls from frasermarlow

US Government Labor Statistics

The tap-bls extractor pulls data from Bureau of Labor Statistics that can then be sent to a destination using a loader.

Getting Started


If you haven't already, follow the initial steps of the Getting Started guide:

  1. Install Meltano
  2. Create your Meltano project

Installation and configuration

  1. Add the tap-bls extractor to your project using
    meltano add
  2. meltano add extractor tap-bls
  3. Configure the tap-bls settings using
    meltano config
  4. meltano config tap-bls set --interactive
  5. Test that extractor settings are valid using
    meltano config
  6. meltano config tap-bls test

Next steps

If you run into any issues, learn how to get help.


The current capabilities for tap-bls may have been automatically set when originally added to the Hub. Please review the capabilities when using this extractor. If you find they are out of date, please consider updating them by making a pull request to the YAML file that defines the capabilities for this extractor.

This plugin has the following capabilities:

  • catalog
  • discover
  • state

You can override these capabilities or specify additional ones in your meltano.yml by adding the capabilities key.


The tap-bls settings that are known to Meltano are documented below. To quickly find the setting you're looking for, click on any setting name from the list:

You can override these settings or specify additional ones in your meltano.yml by adding the settings key.

Please consider adding any settings you have defined locally to this definition on MeltanoHub by making a pull request to the YAML file that defines the settings for this plugin.

Aspects (aspects)

  • Environment variable: TAP_BLS_ASPECTS

An option you will find in the API documentation but setting this to 'true' has caused issues (in my experience) whereby some data points are no longer provided in the returning payload. Not many BLS series include this. See the BLS website for more details.

Annual Average (annualaverage)

  • Environment variable: TAP_BLS_ANNUALAVERAGE

If selected, an annual data series will include a M13 datapoint with the annual average value. See the BLS website for more details.

End Year (endyear)

  • Environment variable: TAP_BLS_ENDYEAR

The date you want the series to end. If left blank it will default to the current year.

Start Year (startyear)

  • Environment variable: TAP_BLS_STARTYEAR

the year you want your data extract to start. Not the limits: you can pull up to 20 years in one go, and most data seris start at 2000, so you do the math... If left blank it will default to 2000.

Calculations (calculations)

  • Environment variable: TAP_BLS_CALCULATIONS

Provides 1,3,6 and 12 month changes in the data in both net and percentage format. If selected, these 6 additional datapoints will be included in separate columns. See the BLS website for more details.

API Key (api-key)

  • Environment variable: TAP_BLS_API-KEY

Your BLS issued API key. It allows you to have less rate limiting issues.

Series List File Location (series_list_file_location)

  • Environment variable: TAP_BLS_SERIES_LIST_FILE_LOCATION

An optional absolute or relative path to the series.json. If not provided (and if the schemas directory is empty), the tap will look for a file named series.json in the same location as the config.json file.

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Looking for help?

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meltano add extractor tap-bls

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