Current Population Survey

Alternate Titles(s): CPS
UID: 10019
The Current Population Survey (CPS) is a monthly survey of households conducted by the Bureau of Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It provides a comprehensive body of data on the labor force, employment, unemployment, persons not in the labor force, hours of work, earnings, and other demographic and labor force characteristics.
1940 - Present
Geographic Coverage
United States
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CPS data is available through both the Census and Bureau of Labor Statistics websites. The BLS site provides tables and text (HTML or PDF), as well as compressed flat files for those wanting to download the entire database. The Census site provides the data as tables or as download via file transfer protocol (FTP) in several zipped formats, as well as providing access to the Table Creator.
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