Census and DOL/BLS
Years Available
1998 to present
Mode of Collection
Multi-stage sample survey: household-based, one person responding for all household members.
The Current Population Survey (CPS) is a monthly survey that provides current estimates and trends in employment, unemployment, earnings, and other characteristics of the general labor force, the population as a whole, and various population subgroups. The Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS-ASEC) is conducted annually in the months of February, March, and April. In addition to the usual monthly labor force data, this supplement provides information on work experience, income, noncash benefits, and migration of persons ages 15 years and older.
Population Covered
The U.S. civilian, noninstitutionalized population ages 16 years and older.