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American Community Survey (ACS)

The American Community Survey (ACS) is a nationwide survey designed to provide critical economic, social, and demographic, and housing information to the nation’s communities every year. It is a critical element in the Census Bureau’s reengineered decennial census program. The ACS collects and produces population and housing information every year instead of every ten years. The ACS began in 1996 in a sample of counties across the country. Today the survey is conducted in all U.S. counties and in Puerto Rico, where it is called the Puerto Rico Community Survey.

Current Population Survey (CPS)

The CPS is a monthly household survey conducted by the Bureau of the Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It consists of core questions asked every month and topical modules deployed once a year. Industry data are collected every month on the core survey. The survey is designed as a labor force survey and provides a comprehensive body of information on the employment and unemployment experience of the Nation's population, classified by age, sex, race, and a variety of other characteristics. Like the ACS, the CPS has adopted the 2007 NAICS for coding industry data from 2008 and beyond.

Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)

The SIPP is a longitudinal survey, collected since 1984, with each panel following people across several waves that cover 4-month periods. Core questions are asked every four months, and supplemented with topical modules. The industry variable is part of this “core survey,” with the question asked of all respondents in every wave. The SIPP is designed to collect source and amount of income, labor force information, program participation and eligibility data, and general demographic characteristics. These can be used to measure the effectiveness of existing federal, state, and local programs; to estimate future costs and coverage for government programs, such as food stamps; and to provide improved statistics on the distribution of income and measures of economic well-being in the country. The final waves of the 2008 SIPP panel are currently being released. Wave 15 was available in April, 2014 and covered data through the end of August 2013. The final wave, wave 16, should be release in fall 2014 and will include data through the end of December 2013.

Decennial Census

The decennial census counts every resident in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Island Areas every 10 years. Census 2000 was the last decennial census that included a long form (distributed to approximate 1 in 6 households) in the United State and Puerto Rico, which included questions on industry, occupation, and class of worker. Similar data are now available annually from the American Community Survey (ACS) for the US and Puerto Rico, but continue to be collected on the decennial census long form in the Island Areas—the United States Virgin Islands (USVI), the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Guam, and American Samoa.

The following surveys conducted by the Census Bureau on behalf of external sponsors contain industry and/or occupation data. Note that among these, class of worker data are only collected on the New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey and on the National Crime Victimization Survey, with the measure being coded slightly differently on each.

Surveys that collect industry data: Surveys that collect occupation data:

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