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Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey

Changes to 2023 CPS public-use microdata files

The Census Bureau has modified confidentiality protections for the Current Population Survey Public-Use File (CPS PUF), which will be phased in beginning with the January 2023 data file. The Census Bureau will be rounding and dynamically topcoding hourly and weekly wages.  Also, new protections will be applied to households living in geographic areas with fewer than 250,000 people. These changes will be phased in over 16 months.