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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Payroll employment increases by 263,000 in November; unemployment rate unchanged at 3.7%
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 263,000 in November, and the unemployment
rate was unchanged at 3.7 percent. Notable job gains occurred in leisure and hospitality,
health care, and government. Employment declined in retail trade and in transportation
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Union membership rate 10.3% in 2021, down from 10.8% in 2020 but the same as in 2019
The number of wage and salary workers belonging to unions declined by 241,000 to
14.0 million in 2021. The union membership rate was 10.3 percent, down from 10.8
percent in 2020 but the same as 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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