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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NEW Spotlight on Statistics: Trends in long-term unemployment.

Charting the labor market: a chart package with the latest Current Population Survey data.

Next Releases:

  • The Employment Situation for July 2015 is scheduled to be released on August 7, 2015, at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time.

CPS News Releases

Employment Situation

July 02, 2015
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 223,000 in June, and the unemployment rate declined to 5.3 percent. Job gains occurred in professional and business services, health care, retail trade, financial activities, and transportation and warehousing. More...
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Employment Situation of Veterans - 2014

March 18, 2015
The unemployment rate for veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time since September 2001--a group referred to as Gulf War-era II veterans--declined by 1.8 percentage points over the year to 7.2 percent in 2014.
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Union Members - 2014

January 23, 2015
The union membership rate in 2014 was 11.1 percent, down from 11.3 percent in 2013. The number of wage and salary workers belonging to unions, at 14.6 million, changed little.
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CPS Databases

Databases

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Labor Force Statistics including the National Unemployment Rate
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Weekly & Hourly Earnings
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Union Affiliation Data
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Marital and Family Labor Force Statistics
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Historical News Release Tables

Table Name News Release Tables
Historical 'A' Tables (Household data): Previous years and months
Employment Situation News Release (monthly)
Current Population Survey (CPS)
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Historical 'B' Tables (Establishment data): Previous years and months
Employment Situation News Release (monthly)
Current Employment Statistics (CES)
Tables
Weekly Earnings Tables: Previous quarters
Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers News Release (quarterly)
Current Population Survey (CPS)
Tables
Union Affiliation Tables: Previous years
Union Members News Release (annual)
Current Population Survey (CPS)
Tables
Access to Historical Data Series by Subject: Previous years and months
Browse labor force, employment, unemployment, and other data by subject
Current Population Survey (CPS)
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  • Series Report — Already know the series identifier for the statistic you want? Use this shortcut to retrieve your data. (See tab-delimited files below for series id codes.)
  • Compressed flat files site — For those who want it all. Download a compressed flat file of the entire LN database or large subset of the LN database.

Featured CPS Tables

Most-Requested CPS Tables

  • Employment status of the population, 1940s to date (HTML) (PDF)
  • Employment status by sex, 1970s to date (HTML) (PDF)
  • Employment status by detailed age (HTML) (PDF)
  • Employment status by educational attainment (HTML) (PDF)
  • Employment by detailed occupation, sex, race, and Hispanic ethnicity (HTML) (PDF)
  • Median weekly earnings by detailed occupation and sex (HTML) (PDF)

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CPS Publications

Most-Requested CPS Publications

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CPS Frequently Asked Questions

CPS Special Notices

  • BLS discovered errors in some estimates in the Profile of the Working Poor series of reports. More Info
  • The impact of the partial federal government shutdown on the Employment Situation for October 2013. More Info

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State, city, and county labor force data

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.



National labor force data

CPS economists are available to assist you Monday through Friday (8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. Eastern Time), excluding federal holidays.

  • Contact us by e-mail
  • Contact us by phone: (202) 691-6378
    To enable us to better serve all of our customers, please do not submit e-mail questions and then call for the same information.

For assistance with these special topics:

Written inquiries may be directed to:
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Division of Labor Force Statistics
Suite 4675
2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20212-0001



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