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 and persons not in the labor force.
Next Release: November 7, 2008
The Employment Situation for October 2008 is scheduled to be released on November 7, 2008, at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time.
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