2012 CE Public-Use Microdata

The 2012 public-use microdata (PUMD) were released to the public for free download on September 10, 2013. The zip files below contain the 2012 PUMD data and documentation.

About 2012 CE PUMD

The 2012 PUMD release only included minimal changes to the data from the previous year. Changes include:

  • Beginning in 2012Q2, the Interview FPAR paradata file includes four new variables (NUMEXPN, NUMDK, NUMRF and EXPNSUM) that allow the user to easily identify the total number of unedited expense items, "don't know" responses, and "refused" responses reported by the consumer unit, as well as the total unedited value of their expenses.
  • Beginning in 2012Q1, changes were made to the Diary EXPD files to enhance respondent confidentiality. These changes, however, make it easier for data users to identify the specific day of the week, month, and year the expenditure was made.

For an exhaustive list of changes, please read through the Interview and Diary documentations, which are included in the 2012 documentation zipped file.

2012 CE PUMD Files

To learn how to download the zip files below, please see Instructions for Downloading Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) Microdata and Documentation. Also, a 'Getting Started Guide' (PDF) is available to those who are new to CE PUMD.

  • SAS
    Interview (zip) (88.1 MB) | EXPN (zip) (18.6 MB) | Diary (zip) (14.2 MB)
  • SPSS
    Interview (zip) (117.5 MB) | EXPN (zip) (27.9 MB) | Diary (zip) (19.5 MB)
    Interview (zip) (70.7 MB) | EXPN (zip) (12.8 MB) | Diary (zip) (11.4 MB)
  • ASCII (Comma-Delimited)
    Interview (zip) (74.0 MB) | EXPN (zip) (14.6 MB) | Diary (zip) (11.6 MB)

    2012 documentation

    The documentation zip file contains user guides and documentation, data dictionaries, parameter files, and sample programs.

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    2012 Microdata Documentation

    Note: The 2012 documentation below is a subset of files included in the documentation zip file above.

    • Public-Use Interview Survey Microdata Documentation (PDF)
    • Public-Use Interview Survey Data Dictionary (PDF 1.5 MB)
    • Public-Use Diary Survey Microdata Documentation (PDF)
    • Public-Use Diary Survey Data Dictionary (PDF)
    • Archived Documentation and Errata

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    Last Modified Date: January 28, 2014