Current Population Survey: Overview
The Current Population Survey (CPS) is a monthly survey of U.S. households that is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
The CPS is the source of the national unemployment rate, along with a wide range of information about employment, unemployment, and people not in the labor force.
|Quick Facts: Current Population Survey|
|Subject areas||Hours, Unemployment, Employment|
|Key measures||Labor force, Unemployment, Employment, Unemployment rate, Usual weekly earnings|
|How the data are obtained||Survey of households|
|Periodicity of data availability||Monthly, Quarterly, Annual|
|Scope||Civilian noninstitutional population|
See the complete list of CPS news releases and reports online.
Last Modified Date: April 10, 2018