Plain Text (ASCII) Spreadsheet from BLS
Bureau of Labor Statistics (US Government)

This dataset of long-term employment provides a wonderful example of an “ASCII Spreadsheet” including what “merge cells” looks like in plain text (see the Employed heading).

It also is a good example of a data structure (as opposed to format) which is “human readable” but not machine readable.

You can find a cleaned version of the data at and the clean up script is at