Census and DOL/BLS
Years Available
1945 to present
Monthly and annual
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.
Population Covered
The U.S. civilian, noninstitutionalized population ages 16 years and older.