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Contact: SEATTLE REGIONAL OFFICE
U.S. CENSUS BUREAU
Mr. Ralph J. Lee, Director
601 Union St., Ste 3800
Seattle, WA 98101-1074
SEATTLE — During the week of Nov. 15, 2009, more than 2,000 Census Bureau field representatives will interview about 72,000 households across the nation for the monthly Current Population Survey (CPS).
The CPS is co-sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau.
Before the survey is conducted, households selected in the nationwide sample will receive an informational letter from the Census Bureau director. Some participants are interviewed by telephone and others are interviewed in person by field representatives who carry official identification.
Every month, Census Bureau field representatives ask selected households questions relevant to the U.S. labor force, such as their employment status, hours worked, earnings, age, sex, race, marital status, educational attainment, occupation and industry. From these answers come estimates of the unemployment rate released monthly by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“The monthly CPS is the primary source of information for state and local governments, and businesses regarding the country's labor force,” said Ralph J. Lee, director of the Census Bureau's Seattle Regional Office.
The Census Bureau's monthly Current Population Survey -- which dates from 1942 -- is the longest-running household survey in the country. More information about this survey can be found at <http://www.census.gov/cps>.