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What Is the Current Population Survey?

  • The Current Population Survey (CPS) is a continuing monthly survey of the Bureau of Labor Statistics conducted by the US Census Bureau. It collects information on the occupations, employment activities, and economic status of a nationally representative sample of about 50,000 households in the US. Each household is interviewed once a month on 4 consecutive months, and again a year later on 4 consecutive months.

  • The CPS also collects information on demographic characteristics such as age, sex, race/ethnicity, marital status, educational attainment, and family relationships. These data are used in planning and evaluating many government programs.

  • From time to time, the CPS has included additional questions on health, education, income, and other issues. The Tobacco Use Supplement is an example of these additional questions.

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09 Jun 2006
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