You should address the BLS data if you have an issue with it. I'm only pointing out it is discrepant with your personal experience and that when it comes to data, a well researched supported broad data base will always be more relevant than a limited personal experience. The idea is to systematically collect anecdotal data (household surveys) without selective confirmation bias. No one, least of all me, is questioning your personal experience. I am merely saying you should consider that your experience is not representative of the whole. The BLS data is.