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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Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 1.4 million in August, and the unemployment rate
fell to 8.4 percent. These improvements in the labor market reflect the continued resumption
of economic activity that had been curtailed due to the pandemic, as well as hiring for the
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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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