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.
- The Employment Situation for
is scheduled to be released on
January 6, 2017,
at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time.
The unemployment rate declined to 4.6 percent in November, and total
nonfarm payroll employment increased by 178,000. Employment gains
occurred in professional and business services and in health care.
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From January 2013 through December 2015, 3.2 million workers were displaced
from jobs they had held for at least 3 years. In January 2016, 66 percent
of these workers were reemployed.
From April to July 2016, the number of employed youth 16 to 24 years
old rose 1.9 million to 20.5 million. This year, 53.2 percent of
young people were employed in July, little changed from a year
The unemployment rate for veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed
Forces at any time since September 2001--a group referred to as Gulf War-era II
veterans--declined by 1.4 percentage points over the year to 5.8 percent in 2015.
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Most-Requested CPS Tables
- Employment status of the population, 1940s to date (HTML) (PDF)
- Employment status by sex, 1970s to date (HTML) (PDF)
- Employment status by detailed age (HTML) (PDF)
- Employment status by educational attainment (HTML) (PDF)
- Employment by detailed occupation, sex, race, and Hispanic ethnicity (HTML) (PDF)
- Median weekly earnings by detailed occupation and sex (HTML) (PDF)
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- Information for CPS Participants
- What to expect if you've been chosen to participate in the Current Population Survey.
- Employment, Hours, and Earnings from the CES survey (National)
- Monthly national data by detailed industry on employment, hours, and earnings of workers on the payrolls of nonfarm establishments.
- Local Area Unemployment Statistics
- Monthly and annual employment, unemployment, and labor force data for Census regions and divisions, States, counties, metropolitan areas, and many cities, by place of residence.
- National Longitudinal Surveys
- Several surveys gathering information at multiple points in time about the labor market and life experiences of six groups of American men, women, and youth.
- Occupational Employment Statistics
- Data on employment and wages for over 800 occupations and for about 400 nonfarm industries for the nation, plus occupational data for States and metropolitan areas.
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State, city, and county labor force data
Labor force information for Census regions and divisions, states, counties, metropolitan areas, and many cities are available separately from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program.
Contact LAUS by e-mail or call (202) 691-6392.
National labor force data
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U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Division of Labor Force Statistics
2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20212-0001
The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not provide information about unemployment insurance (UI)
The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not provide information about income and poverty
4.6% in Nov 2016
Change in Unemployment Level:
-387,000 in Nov 2016
Change in Employment Level:
+160,000 in Nov 2016
Change in Civilian Labor Force Level:
-226,000 in Nov 2016
Civilian Labor Force Participation Rate:
62.7% in Nov 2016
59.7% in Nov 2016
5.3% for 2015
8,296,000 for 2015
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