Economic Assistant (PART-TIME)

Bureau of Labor Statistics | Philadelphia, PA

Posted Date 12/04/2019

This position is located in the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Field Operations, Philadelphia Region, Division of Price Programs, Branch of Consumer Price Index Programs, for the Philadelphia, PA metropolitan area, which includes the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, & Philadelphia, PA; New Castle, DE; Cecil County, MD; Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Salem Counties, NJ.

The majority of the work is performed in the field, such as in retail establishments, offices of service providers, as well as real estate owners and managers, or at apartments and homes. The remainder of the work, such as telephone contacts and administrative functions, is carried out at the employee’s home.

THIS POSITION IS PART TIME ONLY AND DOES NOT LEAD TO FULL TIME. THIS IS NOT ENTRY LEVEL FOR AN ECONOMIST POSITION. The initial average hours per week will be 16 to 32 hours to start depending on workload. Work schedule will vary week to week depending upon work requirements. This is not a job for a person who needs full-time work or who cannot be available for work when required, including a mix of day, evening and weekend hours as needed. Travels to all types of businesses and housing units.

This position is inside the bargaining unit.

Relocation costs will not be paid. 

Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement.

Economic Assistants collect prices and related statistical data on a wide variety of commodities, services, and housing for the BLS Consumer Price Index. Data for commodities and services are collected by conducting personal and telephone interviews with store managers and buyers, managers in auto dealerships, doctors, pharmacists, and other professionals. Data for the housing survey are obtained by personal visit or telephone interview with either property managers, tenants, or home owners. Duties include, but are not limited to: 1. Visiting retail and service establishments such as department stores, supermarkets, medical offices and hotels to collect retail price data. A limited amount of data is collected by telephone/fax. 2. Contacting homeowners, renters, and apartment management companies by personal visit to neighborhoods and follow up telephone interviews. 3. Collecting and entering data on a hand held computer. 4. Obtaining voluntary cooperation from survey respondents. 5. Traveling to office to have work reviewed during on-the-job training and for monthly meetings.

These positions are field representative positions in a regional Division of Price Programs. Incumbents of the position have responsibility for the collection of data for the Consumer Price Index (CPI). 


Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, 04, in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Examples of qualifying experience may include: experience in performing research or related work that involved collecting, compiling, verifying, analyzing, or reporting data. Significant experience in retail sales - specific knowledge of a wide variety of assorted products and/or service(s) offered by retail stores and businesses to the consumer; cold-calling sales; real estate sales or management; survey or marketing work; interviewers or in-take workers; jobs or volunteer experience that required detailed record keeping; jobs or volunteer experience that required oral persuasion skills; jobs or volunteer experience that involved public contact. Direct contact with, and direct sales to, the public is a plus; knowledge of products and service specifications; public outreach; specific knowledge of area sales and housing stock, pricing and customer base; general knowledge of constantly changing consumer marketing practices; familiarity with state, federal and local laws as they relate to consumer products/services especially prices, (i.e., licensing requirements, state taxes, excise taxes, labeling regulations, etc.); Using good skill in communicating, both orally and in writing; Using personal computers and application such as windows-based software applications, email, and the internet.


Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with major study in economics, or 24 semester hours in any combination of courses in subjects such as business law, statistics, algebra, precalculus, calculus, or economics.


A combination of education and experience.

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