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Contact: ATLANTA REGIONAL OFFICE
U.S. CENSUS BUREAU
Mr. George Grandy Jr., Director
101 Marietta St., NW, Ste 3200
Atlanta, GA 30303-2700
ATLANTA — In October 2009, U.S. Census Bureau field representatives will collect information about how much Americans spend for groceries, clothing, transportation, housing, health care and other items from a sample of households across the country.
The Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) program consists of two parts:
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics then calculates and publishes integrated data from the two surveys -- providing a snapshot of our nation's economy and spending habits. Government economists use the survey results to update a "market basket" of goods and services for the Consumer Price Index, our nation's most widely used measure of inflation.
“Data from the CE enable policymakers to evaluate consumer needs, make informed decisions about the impact of policies on families and track changes in consumer spending," said George Grandy Jr., director of the Census Bureau's Atlanta Regional Office.”
Before the CE interviews begin, households will receive a letter from the Census Bureau director informing them of their selection to participate in the survey. Census Bureau field representatives will visit these households to conduct the interview. The field representative must display an official photo identification before proceeding with the interview. Federal law ensures survey respondents' personal information and answers are kept confidential.
The following data on the amount spent on shelter, which includes spending on owned and rented dwellings and other lodging, are an example of CE results.
|Area||Average annual amount spent for shelter||Percentage of total expenditures|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics