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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Adjustments to Veteran Population Estimates on February 1, 2013
Beginning with data for January 2013, estimates for veterans in table 5 of The Employment Situation news release incorporate population controls derived from an updated Department of Veterans Affairs´ population model. Other tables in The Employment Situation were not affected. In accordance with usual practice, BLS did not revise estimates in table 5 for December 2012 and earlier months.
Estimates in the online table “Employment status of persons 18 years and over by veteran status, age, and sex” were also affected.
Next Release: December 6, 2013
The Employment Situation for November 2013 is scheduled to be released on December 6, 2013, at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time.
November 08, 2013
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 204,000 in October, and the unemployment
rate was little changed at 7.3 percent. Employment increased in leisure and
hospitality, retail trade, professional and technical services, manufacturing,
and health care.
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April 24, 2013
In May 2012, half of all persons with a disability who were not working
reported some type of barrier to employment. Among employed persons with a
disability, over half had some difficulty completing their work duties
because of their disability.
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March 20, 2013
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 2.2
percentage points to 9.9 percent in 2012.
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7.3% in Oct 2013
Change in Unemployment Level:
+17,000 in Oct 2013
Change in Employment Level:
-735,000 in Oct 2013
Change in Civilian Labor Force Level:
-720,000 in Oct 2013
Civilian Labor Force Participation Rate:
62.8% in Oct 2013
58.3% in Oct 2013
8.1% for 2012
12,506,000 for 2012
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