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BLS, the Labor Market, and You


The 11th Annual Raciti Memorial Lecture “BLS, the Labor Market, and You”

Thursday, October 27, 2016 The Trustees Pavilion 8 p.m.

  • Refreshments and Registration – 7:30 p.m.
  • Welcome Remarks, Scholarship Presentation – 7:45 p.m.
  • Lecture – 8:00 p.m.

Erica Lynn Groshen became the 14th Commissioner of Labor Statistics in January 2013. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal federal statistical agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making.

Prior to joining BLS, Dr. Groshen was a Vice President in the Research and Statistics Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Her research has focused on labor markets over the business cycle, wage rigidity and dispersion, regional economics, the male-female wage differential, and the role of employers in labor market outcomes. She also served on advisory boards for BLS and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Dr. Groshen has also served as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, a visiting assistant professor of economics at Barnard College at Columbia University and a visiting economist at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland. Dr. Groshen earned a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Please RSVP to by October 20.

In Memory of Sebastian J. Raciti 1934 – 2003

raciti-lecture-groshen-1For 31 years, Sebastian Raciti, known as Sib, served in various roles that were instrumental in the development of Ramapo College. One of the founding faculty — he arrived in Ramapo College’s second year — he held various posts during his tenure including director of the School of Metropolitan and Community Studies, dean of the School of Administration and Business, vice president for Academic Affairs, vice president of Institutional Advancement and professor of economics. He was also the director of the Governor’s School for International Studies, a summer program for gifted high school students. In his administrative roles, he helped design new academic programs, raised funds to support new initiatives and scholarships and recruited new faculty. He earned bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Fordham University.