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The data presented here are from the March 1996 supplement to the CurrentPopulation Survey (CPS), the source of official income estimates. The CPS is asample of approximately 50,000 households nationwide. These data reflect conditionsin calendar year 1995. For almost 50 years, analysts, researchers, and policy makers have used CPS data toexamine annual changes in income and earnings and to compare these changes withhistorical trends. This year's report shows that the economic status of households inthe U.S. is improving and that selected subgroups have experienced recent economicgains which have raised their incomes to 1989 pre-recessionary levels.
(The figures in parentheses denote 90-percent confidence intervals.)
Official Money Income Estimates
Valuation of Noncash Benefits