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.
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Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 273,000 in February, and the unemployment rate (3.5 percent)
changed little. Employment rose in health care and social assistance, food services and drinking
places, government, construction, professional and technical services, and financial activities.
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The union membership rate was 10.3 percent in 2019, down by 0.2 percentage point from 2018.
The number of wage and salary workers belonging to unions was little changed at 14.6
million in 2019.
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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.
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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
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